As Rivers PDP warns Amaechi opening of new PDP office
The new People Democratic Party office which was opened today took another dramatic dimension not less than two minutes it was opened by the Rivers state chief of staff government house, Chief Tony Okocha when the Rivers state police command order his men to besiege the office.
This drama started as soon the flag of the new PDP was lifted up by Amaechi loyalists at force avenue, Old GRA opposite the old GRA police station.
There was serious argument between the police and the chief of staff that almost affected journalists in a bad shape who were covering the event.
Addressing journalists in an angry tone, the chief of staff reacted that what they know is that a new office has been opened and whatever the police is doing was for their own business.
Stressing further that he does not need to receive assurance from the police before he opened any office since the police is not Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, neither political party.
In his part, the Deputy Commissioner of police in charge of Criminal Investigating Department, CID, Mr. Sam Ogaoru who led the team of the police to the site said they would ensure that law and order is maintained in Rivers state.
Warning that the police will dealt with any individuals who will want to take laws into his hand accordingly, stating clearly that there is no new PDP office in Rivers state and any individuals found there lifting up flag would be dealt with.
Earlier, the chief of staff said opening of the new PDP office in Port Harcourt was based on directive from the party national leadership, saying it would usher in fresh air and democratic renewal in the state including Nigeria.
While he further described the new PDP as a national response to the impunity, recklessness and dictatorial from the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur led PDP, he as well urged the new PDP executive in Rivers state to commence the mobilization of party men and women in order to deliver the stranglehold of tyrants.
Chief Okocha commended the seven governors for their courage so far, as he continued to described them as heroes of democracy.
Meanwhile the Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said any attempt by anybody to open up a parallel secretariat in the state in the name of the new PDP other than the existing legitimate ruling Peoples Democratic Party, led by its national and state chairmen, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and Hon Felix Obuah respectively is criminal, provocative and an affront with no other aim than to cause chaos, and breakdown of law and order in the state.
This was issued to journalists by the Special Adviser on media to the state chairman Jerry Needem.
The statement further warned that any such move not only amounts to an outright disregard for the rule of law, but is also aimed at truncating the nation’s democracy, stressing that there is a subsisting Federal High Court order barring any attempt to impersonate and, or float any other political party in the name of the PDP which must not be abused.
As a law abiding party, the PDP said, it is imperative in the light of the apparent danger this criminal plan portends to alert the security operatives in the state to be beware, alleging that this is another in the series of plots to create disharmony in the state so as to have enough reasons to accuse the law enforcement agencies of reneging on their responsibility to ensure safety of lives and property in the state.
“We’ll however not let this be, but nonetheless, there is need to sensitize the entire Rivers people to be alert to such plot, regretting that Gov Amaechi should strategically choose to hatch the plot same time and day President Goodluck Jonathan made a stopover in Port Harcourt enroute Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State Capital.
This is most embarrassing, insulting and satanically arrogant of a leader on a mission to destroy the system instead of going down alone.
It’s intolerable and unfathomable by any person or group of persons conscious of their identity and personality as typified by the Godfearing and self-respecting Rivers people.
We are therefore calling on all to resist this arrant madness and animalism of one man desperate and power drunk”, the PDP declared.
The Rivers PDP wishes to reaffirm its faith and unalloyed support for one united PDP with Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as its chairman and President Goodluck Jonathan, the national leader.
That’s way it supposed to be.
If they want New PDP let them go and register it with INEC, what we have is PDP