APC tackles PDP over plot to forcefully takeover Rivers claim

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has carpeted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for claiming that the party is plotting to forcefully take over Rivers state government.

 In a statement signed, Thursday in Abuja, the APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, said the allegation by the PDP exists only in its imagination, stressing that consistent with its scaremongering tendency, the PDP on Wednesday alleged that the APC was engaged in a plot to forcefully take over the government of Rivers state.

The statement read: “This ridiculous and baseless claim was the subject of the party’s garbled press statement of Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

“The PDP offered no justification for its bogus claim except to mischievously misrepresent and amplify the comments reportedly made by the Chairman of the Rivers State APC Caretaker Committee, Chief Tony Okocha, while sweeping under the carpet the salient issues underpinning the festering crisis in Rivers state. 

“Quite contrary to the PDP’s misplaced quibbles against Chief Okocha comments, Governor Siminalayi Fubara is the supreme architect of the horrific crisis rocking Rivers state.

“Since assuming office over a year ago, Governor Fubara has displayed reckless disdain for the rule of law and democratic institutions, and conducted his government in flagrant violation of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

“In an unprecedented display of autocratic arrogance, Governor Fubara declared the democratically elected Rivers State House of Assembly to be non-existent and, without lawful authority, constituted a bogus and illegal 3-man sham Assembly in brazen violation of express provisions of the Constitution on the threshold composition of the House of Assembly and in disregard of the separation of powers doctrine. 

The statement added that Governor Fubara has continued to expend public funds without lawful appropriations by a duly constituted legislature thereby undermining the will of the good people of Rivers state and their right.

 “The current crisis in Rivers state is clearly contrived and executed by Governor Fubara who has continued to usurp the legislative power of the Rivers state legislature while contemptuously disregarding valid decisions and orders of courts of competent jurisdiction in critical matters at the root of the crisis in the state.

“The PDP would rather peddle falsehood about a non-existent plot to interfere with the government of Rivers state instead of giving a crash course to Governor Fubara on the basic tenets of democratic and constitutional governance for the benefit of the good people of Rivers state,” he added.