From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has alleged that the Rivers State Government and the State All Progressives Congress (APC) have set aside the sum of N2billion for the purpose of bribing the respected members of the 2015 Rivers State Election Petition Tribunal.
They further alleged that the State Government has also approved the sum of N2.5Billion for the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RISIEC) to conduct the ill-fated local government elections being planned by the APC government.
A press statement issued by Emma Okah, Chairman, Media & Publicity Committee of the PDP Campaign Organisation, Rivers State alleged that Governor Chibuike Amaechi had directed his financial officers to the questionable deal at a meeting he held with them a few nights ago in the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja.
The PDP alleged that the entire N4.5BN would be paid to the account of Rivers State as a conduit to cover the money earmarked for the planned inducement of the Tribunal members.
The party said: “This is perhaps the reason why Governor Amaechi and the APC in Rivers State have been boasting that the Governor-elect will be removed from office in five months of inauguration.”
The party also said it was wrong for the State Governor to set aside this kind of money to bribe Tribunal members and also organise local government elections at the end of his tenure when pensioners in the state have been crying over unpaid arrears.