No Plan to Forcefully Takeover Rivers, APC Replies PDP

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has rubbished the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it is plotting to forcefully take over the government of Rivers State.

The APC said the PDP, while making the claim at a press conference on Wednesday, offered no justification for it “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.”

This was contained in a statement signed by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka.

The statement partly read, “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 assumming 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 an 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.”

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