Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) raised concern at alleged moves by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to thwart efforts to probe political violence in the Rivers State.
Rivers APC Chairman, Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, alleged the PDP sponsored killings in the troubled state and approaching the courts to stop the sitting of the Commission of Enquiry the state government established to investigate the killings.
“The news of the suit brought by Rivers PDP before Justice H. A. Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt seeking to restrain the Commission of Enquiry set up by the Rivers State Government to investigate the political killings in the State did not come to us a surprise as we have been consistent in identifying PDP as the sponsor of these despicable murders,” Ikanya said.
“In reality, the suit is nothing but a self indictment by the Rivers State PDP, which has by so doing erased any reasonable doubt that it is behind the political violence in the State that has sent close to 100 innocent APC members to their untimely grave.”
Ikanya expressed disappointment at the decision by Nganjiwa to grant the restraining order sought by PDP.
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“We hold Justice Nganjiwa in high esteem and we wish to appeal to him to vacate this restraining order at the next adjourned date to enable the Commission of Enquiry do its work.
"We are talking of human life and we respectfully appeal to His Lordship not to create an escape route for murderers to get away with their atrocities,” Ikanya said from Port Harcourt, the state capital.
He expressed confidence that Rivers PDP’s “desperate efforts to evade justice and to subvert the will of Rivers people and heighten insecurity, kidnapping and other criminal activities through the instrumentality of the court would eventually fail.”
Ikanya meanwhile sympathised with the people of the state over the problems bedeviling the state.
“We appeal to the good people of Rivers State to endure this sad development for the few months PDP will be in power before it is kicked out through legal means.
"The good people of Rivers State, particularly the survivors of those murdered in cold blood by PDP agents, can be assured that this evil party can only delay justice but cannot stop the avenging of the shed innocent blood.”
APC is contesting the outcome of the polls that steered PDP to power in the state.