Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has accused the State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of sponsoring political killings in the State and rushing to court to stop the sitting of a Commission of Enquiry set up by the State Government to investigate the killings. The State APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya made the condemnation in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze. According to Ikanya, “The news of the suit brought by Rivers PDP before Justice H. A.
Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt seeking to restrain the Commission of Enquiry set up by the Rivers State Government to investigate the political killings in the State did not come to us a surprise as we have been consistent in identifying PDP as the sponsor of these despicable murders.
In reality, the suit is nothing but a self indictment by the Rivers State PDP, which has by so doing erased any reasonable doubt that it is behind the political violence in the State that has sent close to 100 innocent APC members to their untimely grave.” Ikanya expressed disappointment that the revered Justice Nganjiwa fell for PDP’s antics by granting the restraining order sought by the murderous party. “We hold Justice Nganjiwa in high esteem and we wish to appeal to him to vacate this restraining order at the next adjourned date to enable the Commission of Enquiry do its work.
We are talking of human life and we respectfully appeal to His Lordship not to create an escape route for murderers to get away with their atrocities,” Ikanya said. He declared that Rivers PDP’s desperate efforts to evade justice and to subvert the will of Rivers people and heighten insecurity, kidnapping and other criminal activities through the instrumentality of the court would eventually fail. Rivers APC, Ikanya continued, sympathised with the people of the State over their present ordeal, as the State is today back to the era of insecurity, kidnapping and killings due to the desperation of PDP to capture power at all cost.
Ikanya pointed out that “All these are evils which the APC Government of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi eradicated, only for them to be brought back by the Rivers State PDP leadership. We appeal to the good people of Rivers State to endure this sad development for the few months PDP will be in power before it is kicked out through legal means.”