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PDP raises alarm over APC Rivers State tour

25 July 2014, 09:38Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleged the ongoing tour by Governor Rotimi Amaechi was heightening tensions in the region.

The party said the tour  was in disregards of the rule of law and violation of the Electoral Act as Amaechi and other political office seekers were using the tour to the communities, wards and villages to campaign and solicit for votes and denounce the ruling party.

"In those areas visited, they have openly called on the people to vote for the APC, cast aspersions on President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party," PDP stated.

"We view all these as undemocratic, deviant and trampling on the provisions of the Electoral Act and worse still, provoking the people to cause crisis ahead of the 2015 general elections."

The party therefore called on authorities to intervene.

"We are hereby calling on the State Commissioner of Police, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and all relevant security agencies to stop Governor Rotimi Amaechi and his cohorts from continuing with this campaign tours as it is a threat to the existing peace being enjoyed in the State," the party said.

PDP further alleged in Oyigbo and Opobo for instance, inducing material like supper print wrappers were distributed to women and in the process of scrambling for them, fighting ensued and some of the causalities are being hospitalized.

"The current Local Government campaign tour by Governor Amaechi is obviously a threat to the peace and security in the State. Therefore we enjoin the police and other security agencies to put a stop to this ill-timed voters drive and waste of tax payers' money. We regret that while the PDP has remained law abiding, Governor Rotimi Amaechi and the APC have continued to be lawless and driving processes that threaten the peace and security of Rivers State."

APC, whose officials could not be reached for comment, and PDP are favourites to win the Rivers State governorship election set for early next year.

- CAJ News


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