The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that Monday’s botched protest by some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is a coup against a constituted authority capable of causing a breach of the peace.
The State PDP Chairman, Bro. Felix Obuah stated this in a statement issued by his media aide, Jerry Needam yesterday and made available to The Tide in Port Harcourt.
Obuah described the protest as a gathering of war mongers at the behest of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi ahead of the March 9, 2019 Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections.
The statement reads, “Monday’s protest by the deceived infinitesimal members of a faction of All Progressives Congress, APC, is a coup against a constituted authority aimed at causing breach of the law and order in the State.
“It (the protest) was rather a gathering of war mongers at the instance of the Transportation Minister, Chibuike Amaechi to re-sharpen his arsenals and instruments of war for the March 9th, Governorship and State Assembly elections in the State.
“The purported protest from the beginning to the end was fraught with beating of war drums and issuance of threats of bloodletting similar to the ones preceding the Presidential and National Assembly elections which equally resulted in the killings of innocent Rivers people in the State,” it said.
The State PDP chairman regretted that such threats and incitements were being dished out before security agencies who have turned a blind eye while evil is being perpetuated against the very people they are employed to protest.
He further said that enough means and outlets have been provided in the electoral law to vote for any candidate of one’s choice or against any candidate, pointing out that to incite ‘political thugs’ against a sitting Governor is not only undemocratic, but criminal and evil.
He added, “For some people to allow themselves to continue to be used by a feudal lord that has no regard for the lives of his people nor regret for those he caused their blood to be wasted is to say the least, foolishness and self-dehumanisation”, the State PDP boss declared.
He recalled similar threats and war songs before the Presidential and National Assembly elections by the like of Tonye Princewill, promising to be ‘lawless’ if the APC was excluded from the polls which came to pass, stressing that in like manner, another APC member, one Azubuike Wanjoku has also ‘threatened fire and brimstone during the March 9, Governorship and State Houses of Assembly poll and the security agencies have bluntly refused to nip the imminent mayhem in the bud.’
Obuah reminded the security agencies that their service is to the people and not to a few who have arrogated to themselves the status of an institution, saying service to any other than the mass of Rivers citizens and Nigerians in general is a betrayal of trust and disservice to the citizenry.