PDP Condemns Attack On Gov. Wike’s Father’s Church…Restates Demand for State Police

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Press Statement

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) demands for a comprehensive
investigation into the Saturday’s explosion attack on the Christian
Universal Church, Port Harcourt, River State capital, steered by father
of River state Governor, Nyesom Wike.

Our party condemns this dastardly attack on the church, which we believe
was well planned and targeted to causing harm to worshippers and persons
close to Governor Wike, particularly, his father.

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The PDP is disturbed by the intentions of the attackers in detonating an
explosive in a religious place particularly given the large number of
persons that usually gather at such places.

While we demand for a thorough investigation into the attack as well as
prosecution of all those involved, we hold, as a party, that the time
has come, more than ever in our contemporary history, for the amendment
of our extant laws to allow state governors to be in charge of the
security of their respective states.

We restate our call for the amendment of relevant sections of the 1999
constitution (as emended) to allow states more control of security
issues in their respective domains.

Our party however commends the people of River state for their
alertness, which led to the arrest of the attackers. Such courageous act
by the people also points to the need to allow greater participation of
communities and state governments in the handling of security issues in
their environment.

The PDP especially commends Governor Wike for his efforts towards
ensuring the security of his state despite the daunting challenges.

The PDP urges Governor Wike, the members of the Christian Universal
Church and the people of Rivers State not to be deterred by this attack
but to remain at alert especially at this critical time.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary.

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