From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Chairman, Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bro. Felix Obuah has called for an immediate arrest and prosecution of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Mr Magnus Abe Dakuku Peterside and other All Progressive Congress (APC) leaders in the state.
Obuah said their arrest is necessary following the roles they played that resulted to the spate of violence, killings and various cases of electoral malpractices during the re-run elections in some parts of the State.
The PDP chairman also demanded the arrest and prosecution of Mr. Barry Mpigi for hijacking electoral materials in Tai Local Government Area to his home town, Koroma, with the aid of the military.
Bro Obuah said: “ It is most disappointing and embarrassing that the APC chieftains preferred to act irresponsibly and undemocratically by engaging in electoral frauds and using the military to intimidate the electorate and INEC officials in some parts of the state.
“Rather than embarking on intensive campaigns to make the party known and popular in order to be voted for at the polls, the APC leaders were busy looking for how to manipulate.”
He strongly condemned the involvement of the Army in the elections which he said heightened the tension in the State and emboldened the APC chieftains to carry out nefarious conducts during the exercise in the State, including disrespecting State authorities, Court orders and rule of law.
The PDP Chairman also bemoaned the assassination attempt on the Chief of Staff, Government House, Engr. Emeka Woke, the assault on the Secretary to the State Government, Hon Kenneth Kobani and other PDP leaders.
He noted that these men had been marked for arrest and detention by the APC- federal government, using the Army and the DSS, on spurious allegations to ensure smooth sail by the APC in the elections.
Bro Obuah observed that all suppressive and oppressive actions by the federal authorities, which have been very obvious in the re-run elections, are aimed at getting Rivers State.
“Our understanding of all of this is that the APC is only trying to create a state of anarchy in this part of the country and then blame it on perceived political opponents, a development we have continued to abhor and will not be allowed to strive in the State.”