Abuja – Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has raised alarm over reports that the Presidency had directed the new State Police Commissioner to ensure the installation of a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Governor.
This was disclosed in a press statement signed by David Iyofor, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
“Over the weekend the media was awash with reports of a fresh sinister plot to throw Rivers State into avoidable crisis. According to the reports as they concern Rivers State,the new commissioner of police Dan Bature, has been directed by the Presidency to install a certain Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial aspirant as governor in the 2015 elections,” Iyofor said.
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He added that media revealed that the new Rivers Police Commissioner had been instructed by the Presidency (both papers mentioned the First Lady) to use the former Commissioner, Joseph Mbu’s "draconian style and tactics" in causing crises in Rivers State .
“He is to tackle Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, his supporters and Rivers people and then install the preferred candidate as governor. The Nation fingered the Presidency (again, the First Lady) in Bature’s deployment to Rivers State for the purpose of executing this toxic script,” Iyofor added.
The reports have been denied.
Iyofor said it was easy for a few in the Presidency to dismiss these reports but the state strongly and bravely resisted any attempt by anyone or institutions including the Presidency, to unconstitutionally install the preferred PDP aspirant.
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“We in Rivers State, with the benefit of hindsight and our collective recent bitter experience in the hands of former Police Commissioner Joseph Mbu who was also reported to have a similar mandate. The people of Rivers State will strongly and bravely resist any attempt by anyone or institutions including The Presidency, to unconstitutionally install the preferred PDP aspirant as Governor of the State, now or in the 2015 election.”
He said there was no provision in the Nigerian Constitution and laws for the ‘installation’ of a preferred aspirant as governor of a state by the Presidency.
“What our laws prescribe is a free and fair election that must be devoid of police and security forces coercion, harassment and intimidation of voters. Rivers voters must be allow to freely choose and elect their governor in the 2015 elections."
- CAJ News