Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) has dismissed the panel set up by the Inspector-General of Police to investigate the violence unleashed on Rivers people during the just concluded Saturday, December 10, re-run election in the State as a mere make-believe.
The party in a statement by its chairman, Bro. Felix Obuah and signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam noted the contradictions, inconsistencies, biases and double standards that characterize the position of the Nigeria Police with regard to the re-run election, making it foolhardy of any serious minded person or group to take such police panel serious.
For such panel to make sense to the Rivers people, the statement added, the police high command especially the Inspector-General of Police should first do the needful by proving to the Rivers people and indeed, all Nigerians that he is not a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, or at best, sympathetic to APC’s cause.
Bro. Obuah regretted that the IGP, as the chief law enforcement officer of the country’s civil life should throw caution to winds by demonstrating in very unmistakable terms in a manner that ensured that the APC have an edge in an election that he ought to be neutral.
According to the State PDP boss, the police high command ordered and did withdraw all orderlies attached to all politicians, only to turn back to attach all the orderlies withdrawn from the PDP politicians to those of the APC.
“There was no APC candidate or Chieftain on that day of election that did not have no fewer than 50 policemen attached to them while those of the PDP were left to their own fate.
“This was to enable them do what they did, intimidating, beating, traumatizing, and coercing electoral officers and forcefully carrying away the ballot boxes and electoral materials to their own collation centre at a Hotel at Wiiyaakara, in Khana Local Government Area, Rivers State, which belongs to Mr. Derrick Mene,”