Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Bro. Felix Obuah has described the accusations and charges brought against the Publicity Secretary of the party, Hon. Samuel Nwanosike, Hon. Rowland Sekibo, Hon. Odiari Princewill and other chieftains of the party as not only frivolous but totally unacceptable.
In a statement issued by the PDP Chairman and signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam, the party further stated that the charges were laughable and could not stand in the temple of justice.
Bro. Obuah wondered why the police would connive with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to concoct lies and misrepresent the truth about what really transpired in Etche on Saturday, February 25, 2017 during the rerun election in the area.
While lamenting that the charges were trumped up, the PDP Chairman noted that the action has vindicated the party’s insistence that security agencies are in alliance with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to hound and victimize the PDP in the State.
“How else can we explain the drama that took place on that Election Day in Etche? It is regrettable that the Police have continued to allow themselves to be used by the APC just to achieve its selfish interest. The Police and other security agencies are giving Nigerians more reason to believe that they are a militant wing of the APC”, Bro. Obuah said.
According to Obuah, the PDP has it on good authority that some APC chieftains like Barry Mpigi who hails from Tai LGA, Chidi Wihioka, Allwell Onyeso and Welendu Amadi, all from Ikwerre LGA, were moving around with the defeated candidate of the APC for Etche Omuma Federal Constituency, Ogbonna Nwuche on same Election Day, unhindered by the security agents.
“What is good for the goose is also good for the gander. If the police is telling us that only people from Etche and Omuma should be present in the area on that Election Day, then they should have arrested and prosecuted these APC chieftains who were obviously in Etche to influence the outcome of the election”, Bro. Obuah posited.
The PDP however lauded the court for granting bail on the PDP chieftain and described the judiciary as the hope of the oppressed.