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APC behind Rivers LG crisis — PDP alleges

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of promoting the crisis rocking the Rivers State local government councils.

Recall that the Rivers State caretaker chairman of the APC, Tony Okocha, urged President Bola Tinubu to declare a state of emergency in Rivers State.

In a statement on Wednesday, PDP spokesperson Debo Ologunagba accused the opposition party accused the APC of instigating crisis in the state.

The PDP alleged that the Rivers APC caretaker chairman is working to remove the “will of the people of Rivers State as expressed in the governorship election which produced Governor Siminalayi Fubara”.

The party, therefore, called on the Inspector General of Police to invite Okocha for questioning as his utterances constitute a clear danger to the state and the country.

He said: “This further exposes the sinister plot by the APC in Rivers State which has been seeking for ways to instigate crisis, forcefully overthrow a democratic Order and impose an anti-democratic regime in Rivers State in clear violation of Section 1 sub-section 2 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

“The use of the word “war” by Mr. Okocha in his thoughtless statement clearly shows an evil intention which has been firmly resisted and will continue to be resisted by the people of Rivers State.

“The APC in Rivers State should note that its malevolent scheme to instigate crisis and forcefully take over the State has failed. Rivers State is a stronghold of the PDP and the people are solidly behind the Government of the PDP in the State.”

The PDP, however, called on the federal government and indeed the national leadership of the APC to, as a matter of urgency, rein-in and caution Okocha “to stop being an agent of destabilization and a threat to democracy in Nigeria”.

“Our Party demands that the Inspector General of Police immediately invite the Rivers State APC Caretaker Chairman and hold him personally liable for his utterances which constitute a clear and present danger to the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria and to peace and tranquility in Rivers State.

“The international community should also take note of the reckless outburst of this individual whose action and utterances are capable of negatively affecting the overall security of the country.” Ologunagba said.

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