Lagos - The interparty tensions in the Rivers State have taken another twist with the All Progressives Congress accusing the People’s Democratic Party of planning targeted assassination of its members in the region.
According to APC, the report confirmed that the decision to resort to yet another round of killing of APC members was reached following what the PDP considered the high possibility of not having Nyesom Wike sworn in as governor of Rivers State on May 29.
“The dastardly plot is also reported to stem from the anger of PDP members over what they consider as frustration of the handover process by the incumbent governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi,” PDP Rivers Chairman, Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said.
Ikanya alleged that another reason reportedly responsible for the plot by the PDP was the decision by the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) to conduct local government council elections on May 23.
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“The APC would like to bring this evil plans of the PDP to the knowledge of the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, State Director of Department of State Security [DSS], Inspector General of Police and heads of all security agencies and calling on them to urgently intervene to not only prevent these planned killings but to apprehend all those behind the plot and prosecute them according to the laws of the land,” Ikanya said.
He said APC called on the National Human Rights Commission, United Nations Secretary-General, the Embassies and High Commissions of countries of the European Union, United States and all other countries, to hold the leadership and members of the PDP in Rivers State responsible for any killings of APC members in the state henceforth.
“The APC is still counting its losses in terms of human lives and properties inflicted on it by desperate members of the PDP before, during and after the last general elections with detailed and documented pieces of evidence. Surely, the party cannot afford to be visited with further mayhem by the PDP any longer.”
Ikanya said as a party that upheld the rule of law, APC was already seeking redress for the recent violations.
“We have never given a thought to resorting to self help. The APC would like to urge genuine elders and leaders-of-thought across the land to prevail on the PDP to always subject themselves to the laws of the land rather than act like we are in the Hobbesian state where might makes right.”
PDP, whose officials could not be reached for comment, won the recent governorship elections but APC is contesting the outcome.