Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the rival People’s Democratic Party (PDP) of planning to disrupt the Local Government Council polls scheduled to hold in the Rivers State on Saturday.
State Chairman, Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, raised the alarm.
“We have it on good authority that, having failed in its efforts to stop the polls, including the ill-advised boycott of this democratic exercise which has been eagerly embraced by 22 other political parties in the State, the leadership of the State PDP has concluded plans to unleash mayhem on the State prior to and on Saturday, May 23, with a view to violently disrupting the council polls,” said Ikanya.
“The idea behind the sinister plot is to discredit the polls and lay the blame on APC, portraying the party as the one behind the insecurity in the State. It is also aimed to discredit Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for going ahead with the constitutionally-approved Local Government elections which the State PDP is desperate to sabotage after chickening out to avoid being disgraced by voters.”
Ikanya alleged suspected PDP political thugs imported by PDP leaders had already started arriving the state for the violent assignment.
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“As part of this satanic plot, an assassination attempt was carried out on May 19 against Victor Briggs, an aide to Governor Amaechi, with his Police Escort killed in the process. It is very unfortunate that Rivers PDP should be orchestrating more violence in the State after masterminding the death of over 100 APC supporters in the run-up to, and during the ill-fated elections of March 28 and April 11,” Ikanya said.
Ikanya appealed to law enforcement agencies for help.
“We wish to once again call on the Police and other security agencies to be proactive this time and prevent the State PDP leadership from carrying out this unprovoked attack against APC members. They should act promptly to forestall another orgy of violence by those who have been threatening to cause mayhem in the Niger Delta region due to the ouster of President Goodluck Jonathan from office,” he said.
Comment could not be obtained from the PDP.