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PDP opposes protests against NJC Rivers ruling

12 June 2014, 18:40

Rivers - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned protests led by some All Progressive Alliance against the decision of the Nigeria Judicial Council NJC to appoint a Chief Judge for Rivers State.

The ruling party said it was of the view that, rather than disturbing the “fragile” peace in the state on an issue that has been dispassionately addressed by the most revered and highest judicial body, the Rivers State Government and the APC leadership would have considered public opinion and respect the decision of the eminent jurists, who constitute membership of the body, and adherence to the rule of law.

“It is most disappointing that the Rivers State Government and its drivers are yet to come to terms with the reality of the situation regarding the issue of who the Chief Judge of the State is. It is also an issue of worry that some leaders of the APC and a serving Senator will use such protest as a platform to regain lost relevance and confidence of the masses after deceiving the world on a claim of rubber bullet shot at him by the police during a similar event also in Port Harcourt.

"We believe there are issues certain persons ought to have grown above, as allowing oneself involve in them, further demeans ones personality and people’s perception of who we are. Most irresponsible also is the fact that the State Government appears not to show concern to the plights of the thousands of civil servants and other public workers whose salaries have been delayed following the financial bankruptcy of the State,” PDP stated.

The PDP therefore, called on the governor and the APC leadership to immediately halt their planned disbursement of the now lean financial resources of the State for several protests and actions of the party on issues of no benefit to the masses.

“We also call on the people of the State particularly, the youths not to make themselves available for such retrogressive actions of the APC and the selfish agenda of the Governor and the Senator who is seen to be making efforts to regain his battered image and his selection as a governorship candidate of the APC,” the ruling party said.

It was alleged that participants of the latest protest were paid N10 000 each while some were promised cleaning jobs and appointment in their various local government areas and the State Sanitation Authority.

– CAJ News

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