Rivers APC Congress: Amaechi Denies Sending Police To Attack Protester

Former Rivers State Governor, Mr Rotimi Amaechi

 

A former Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has denied reports suggesting that he used police officers to attack protesters.

His comments come after the All Progressives Congress conducted its ward congress in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

“As early as 6 am, I gathered information that thugs had taken over the secretariat of APC. Despite the fact that the APC had invited them to protect the property, they find it difficult to,” he said.

Amaechi, who is also a Minister for Transportation, accused a party member joining the governorship race for allegedly using thugs to disrupt the exercise.

He further challenged the undisclosed member to purchase the governorship form and thereafter compete with other aspirants in the wards.

Amaechi added, “So what a governorship candidate wants to do is that there should not be any congress. So you took over that secretariat with thugs. About 3 pm, the police had to force themselves in for people to sell and purchase forms.

“If that candidate is popular, why not get your supporters to buy your forms and go compete in the wards.”

According to the minister, the party invited the police to beef up security. He, however, regretted that despite the police presence, the attack still took place.

“Did they come, yes but they did not do anything. Meanwhile, the party needed to sell forms to anybody who was interested.”

Party Members Boycott PDP Ward Congress

pdpA Group of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members in Anambra State, led by the governorship candidate of the party in 2013, Comrade Tony Nwoye, have boycotted the Ward Congress of the party, alleging its non-conformity with the party’s constitution.

The congress witnessed a large turnout of party faithful who still expressed satisfaction at the exercise, as the Group maintained that it was ill-timed, ill-arranged and ill-publicized.

They also accused the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Olisa Metuh of interference, thus going against the party and the electoral act.

The group made their demands on the immediate postponement of the election as they boycotted the exercise.

Other stakeholders pointed out that impunity had cost them firm grip on power in the state, also resolving to fight disunity, impunity and imposition of candidates.

Against all odds, the congress was conducted in various wards in the state to monitor the election of 15 ward officers in each ward, and three delegates for the State Congress that will take place on Saturday.

The election was first held in Anambra Central Senatorial Zone, Awka ward 7. where the Chairman and members of Anambra state PDP congress committee pepped up the function which boosted the confidence of the party members.

At Nnewi north where the 10 wards in the area gathered for the exercise, the Congress Committee Chairman tasked party members on the unity of the party as the only panacea to a better future for the party.

He fielded questions from Journalists on the controversy and dissatisfaction following the exercise, and cited a peace and reconciliation committee set up to handle grievances which will sit in Awka.

Rounding off with Anambra North Senatorial Zone at Nteje, headquarters of Oyi Local Government, many still lauded the exercise for the leader of the party in the ward.

However, the congress witnessed a large turnout of party faithful who still expressed satisfaction at the exercise.

PDP Delta Ward Congress Marred by Violence

The Delta State Ward Congress of the ruling party the Peoples’ Democratic Party has been marred by violence.

What started the violence was not known as accusation and counter-accusation from the parties involved were made as to who started what.

House of Assembly and present member of the House of Representatives Mr.Martin Okonte was severely wounded in the violence.