Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has declared that those calling for a state of emergency were mischievous idlers disengaged from looting of the state’s resources by Governor Nyesom Wike’s ‘New Rivers Vision.’
“Having seen it’s no longer business as usual, the only option left for them is to foment trouble in and around the state to discredit the incumbent administration for frustrating them from further looting state resources.”
The state chairman of the party, Felix Obuah came up with the rejection in reaction to what he described as the “lamentation of criminals and looters” of the state resources who had lost out in the new dispensation in Rivers State.
Berating such callers and proponents of emergency rule in the state, Obuah attributed the “mischief” on the doorsteps of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
According to him, “This is the real motive of the APC for causing crises in parts of the state and having failed in this criminal bid, has resorted to raising aimless and hopeless alarm over non-existent incidences of violence, except the ones instigated by them to justify their mischievous call.”
Also describing the call as a lost battle, the state PDP boss said Rivers State was generally peaceful, and that the economy was impressively picking up as a result of the focused leadership of the Wike administration.
He suggested to the deputy chairman of the APC in the state, Prince Odike, to “find a meaningful engagement other than lending himself as a willing tool for the new satanic device of the APC, after its publicity secretary Mr. Chris Finebone might have been dumped for ineptitude and crass propaganda.
“We are therefore appealing to all Rivers people, Nigerians as a whole, as well as the international community, to continue to discountenance both the APC and whatever they stand for, having brought shame and untold hardship on the people.
“The Rivers State government is people-oriented and will continue to ensure there is utmost peace in and across the state to bring about meaningful development to the people.
“It’s also on record that Mr Odike said the mind of the APC and believes there can’t be peace in the state except a state of emergency is declared, which means that the APC is clearly behind the pockets of crises in parts of the state to actualise their plot.
“This has also vindicated the PDP of drumming it loud and clear that the APC is behind the skirmishes in the state before and during the March 19 National and State Assembly re-run elections. The call for a state of emergency is therefore unnecessary and can only make sense in the minds of anarchists like the APC and its members,” Obuah noted.