Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Tuesday, raised an alarm over alleged plots by members of the state’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to assassinate some top members of the party (APC).
A statement issued in Port Harcourt by the state Chairman of the party, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, further revealed that the party has sent a Save Our Soul (SOS) message to Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase, for protection.
According the party, the PDP members in the state had wrongly interpreted the Supreme Court verdict which upheld the election of Governor Nyesome Wike as the duly elected governor of Rivers State to mean, killing and installing their members into the Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly.
Ikanya said, “Credible information available to us indicates that the ruling party in the state is planning to eliminate APC leaders before the rerun elections into the national and state assemblies so as to make the coast easy for PDP during the said rerun elections.
“This misrepresentation of the Supreme Court judgment, by the PDP henchmen in Rivers State, is not only sad but also very unfortunate. We, therefore, plead with Arase to come to our aid, as a matter of urgency, by deploying enough members of his men, to save us from the hands of these misguided, demented fellows who feel leadership can be obtained only through the shedding of the blood of innocent souls.”
However, in a swift reaction to the allegation, Rivers PDP, in a statement by the state chairman of PDP, Chief Felix Obuah, and signed by his media aide, Mr. Jerry Needam, said the allegation was weighty and involved human lives.
The party called on the IGP to summon Ikanya for questioning and to investigate his allegations.
Obuah, who described the allegation as completely false, said the aim was to create the impression that there is tension in the state, with a view to using “federal might” to militarise the state, to the advantage of APC.
“We call on Arase to investigate Ikanya. PDP will take part in the election and the party will come tops.”