The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State has accused the Rivers State Police Commissioner of not saying all he knew about the attack on party faithful who had gathered for a rally at the Rumuwoji play ground on Thursday.
In a statement, the party’s Campaign Council Spokesman, Sogbeye Eli, said that an explosive devise was used to disrupt the rally and that the Police Commissioner, Okon Effiong Okon, had more information than he disclosed on the attack.
” We hereby place the Commissioner of Police on notice to make full disclosure of what transpired before, during and after yesterday’s bombing and shooting incident…
“We further put him on notice that the Rivers APC shall not condone any attempt by anyone, no matter how highly positioned, to undermine the security of the lives and properties of our members throughout this campaigns and elections season.
“We will not tolerate any repetition of the carnage we suffered in the hands of thugs actively deployed by PDP in connivance with then Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu, ahead of and during the 2015 general elections to rig our party out of power in Rivers State”, adding that no part, Section or paragraph of Wike’s Executive Orders 21 and 22 prohibits the use of traditional squares or grounds in our towns and villages.
Meanwhile, in a swift reaction, the Peoples Democratic Party has said that the party had nothing to do with a so-called explosion which purportedly occurred at the venue of a rally organised by the APC in Port Harcourt.
This indication was given by the Director of Publicity and Communications of the Rivers PDP Campaign Council, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke, stressing that the PDP had no knowledge of whatever happened at the rally.
“The Police in Rivers State has already issued a clarification. The force has explained that no other political party came anywhere near the venue of the APC rally.
“The Police has further explained that there was a rift over money paid by the APC to the Rumuwoji community where the rally held.
“It is surprising that after the Police offered a comprehensive explanation on the matter, the APC will address the press to reel out accusations that are based on falsehood.
“There is a limit to reliance on incoherent propaganda. No amount of name calling can change the truth, intimidate the PDP or deceive the people”, he summed.