Policemen promptly set out supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to avert a bloody clash at Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The stage for the clash was set when the APC supporters converged at the Conference Room of the hotel for a campaign against the PDP governorship candidate, Mr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
But for the timely intervention of policemen in the hotel, who asked the organisers of the conference to leave the area, the verbal war which ensued between the supporters of the two parties snowballed into violent confrontation.
The APC supporters, led by one Buma Oboribo, who described himself as the leader of the Ijaw National Congress INC, Eastern Zone comprising the states in the former South-Eastern region, had said that they had unanimously resolved to vote for the party’s governorship candidate, Adolf Dakuku Peterside in Saturday’s election.
He said that the stance was due to their past resolutions and communiqués in October 2013, June and September 2014, where they reiterated their commitment to endorsing a governorship candidate of Ijaw extraction, irrespective of the political party.
Obribo said that in view of its stance on power rotation, the group had endorsed Dakuku, and urged Rivers people to cast their votes for him on Saturday.
The situation became charged when another Ijaw and former Managing Director of Rivers State Newspapers Corporation, Martin Amabibi, stormed the arena to demand who authorised the conveners to hold the press briefing.
Calling them “sellouts”, Amabibi said: “The PDP remains our party, while Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike remains our undisputed governorship candidate.
“Barrister Wike stood solidly by our brother, the President of the Federal Republic Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, against the treachery and insults of Governor Chibuike Amaechi. Also, it is on record that, on the instruction of Governor Amaechi, Hon. Dakuku as the Works Commissioner destroyed the buildings in the Government Secondary School, Ogu. The buildings were never rebuilt until the time of Barr Wike as the Minister of State for Education.
“The Ijaw nation worldwide is in a mourning mood because of our failure in his second term bid, and the only way we can prove our sincerity to him, is by adhering to those ideals of his, and supporting his supporters,” he said.
When the situation became tensed, the police moved in and ordered the feuding parties to leave the hotel.

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