APC Suspends Protest March  Against Wike’s Executive Order, As Police Turn Down Request … Urge APC To Go To Court

 

The Rivers State Police Command has turned down a written request by the All Progressives Congress, APC, for protection to enable the party and other stakeholders who had planned a protestatch against Governor Nyes Wike’s Executive Orders 21 and 22 that allegedly infringed on the rights of the aggrieved.

 

This indication was given in a statement issued  by Sogbeye  Eli, Spokesman of the APC Campaign Council in Rivers State on November 23, 2022, adding that the Police suggested  that the aggrieved go to court to ventilate their grievances.

 

The statement said:

 

“The  Rivers APC 2023 Campaign Council has suspended the protest march against Executive Orders 21 and 22 issued by the Governor of Rivers State.

 

 

“Scheduled to hold in conjunction with other political parties and civil society organizations tomorrow, November 24, 2022, the Campaign Council had pursuant to the above written to the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command to request for security protection of the protesting parties.

 

“The Police declined our request in a written communication and advised that we proceed against the Executive Orders in Court instead.

 

“Contrary to the interpretation being given the position of the Police by political mischief makers and opponents of our great party, the right to protest by citizens is a constitutional right and no Nigerian is under obligation to apply for approval of same from the Police or any other authority.

 

“Committed to challenging the unconstitutional actions and tyranny of the Rivers State Government, including the obnoxious Executive Orders by legal means, a legal action has commenced at the Federal High Court in Suit No. FHC/PH/CS/239/2022 (All Progressives Congress v. Independent National Electoral Commission & Ors). The other defending parties in the Suit are the Police, Governor of Rivers State, Attorney-General of Rivers State, Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command and Chairman of Eleme Local Government Council.

 

 

“Consequently, Thursday’s march has been postponed to allow the Judiciary make a determination of the issues”, the statement summed.

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