Rivers PDP blames APC chieftains for continued Ogoni violence

Posted by News Express | 22 March 2017 | 1,873 times

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•Rivers PDP Chairman Felix Obuah.

 The Chairman, Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bro Felix Obuah, has blamed desperate politicians of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of being behind the continued youth restiveness and cultist activities in Ogoni land.

Obuah who made the declaration through a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam said why plans are underway to ensure relative peace in Ogoni land as in other parts of the state that embraced the just concluded state amnesty programme, no form of sabotage will be tolerated this time from any quarters to scuttle this second chance.

The state PDP boss was speaking against the backdrop of “recent revelations of regrettable support and directives by Mr. Barry Mpigi, the member representing Oyigbo-Tai Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives to carry arms on the day of the re-run election.

“Insisting that the rejection of the first phase of the amnesty programme by the cultists and militants in Ogoni was born out of the support and protection from the like of Barry Mpigi, Bro Obuah said the irony of it all is the killings and burning of the houses of innocent Ogoni people irrespective of party affiliations.”

Obuah expressed shocked that security agencies “who were aware of Mpigi’s instigations at an APC rally in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State which were an open declaration that the youths should carry arms on the election day did nothing to stop or caution him, stressing that if they did, the mayhem that was unleashed on the innocent Ogonis on that fateful December 10, re-run election and the resurgence of criminalities in the land would have been averted.”

He said, “by the recent revelations and video clips of Mr. Mpigi’s open support and sponsorship of cultists in Ogoni land, the PDP has been proved right that the opposition politicians are responsible for the pockets of crises not only in Ogoni but also across the entire state.

He advised that henceforth, the security agencies should be more proactive and remain non-partisan for security of lives and property to be guaranteed in the state.

Source: News Express

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