Party faithful threaten suit in Plateau
THE Rivers State government has alleged a large scale importation of arms into the state by some persons for the purpose of determining the outcome of next yearâ€™s election. It has also accused some top politicians in the state of sponsoring miscreants to destabilise it.
Meanwhile, the Uduaghan 2011 Campaign Organisation yesterday denied reports of the dissolution of the Delta State branch of the PDP by the National Working Committee of the party.
The groupâ€™s Director of Public Affairs, Chike Ogeah, who stated this in Asaba, insisted that there was no reason whatsoever to sack the Chief Peter Nwaoboshi-led executive. Ogeah said the sack report was a figment of the imagination of the writer.
â€œFor the avoidance of doubt, the PDP NWC has met and validated the Delta State exco,â€ he said. Ogeah urged Governor Uduaghan’s supporters and the party’s faithful to discountenance the publication. But the crisis in the Plateau State PDP may have deepened as the Prof. Dakum Shown-led faction yesterday threatened to sue the partyâ€™s National Working Committee (NWC) for extending the tenure of the Caretaker Committee which it put in place last year. The Plateau State High Court had on April 23, 2010 declared the caretaker committee “illegal, unconstitutional, null and void” and consequently ordered the reinstatement of the Shown-led State Executive Council (SEC). But rather than comply with this order, the national leadership of the party yesterday announced the extension of the caretaker committee.
Piqued by this development, which it described as an “affront to the court and the rule of law,â€ the Shown-led SEC has written to the PDP National Chairman, Okwesilieze Nwodo, asking him to rescind its decision to extend the “illegal” Caretaker Committee’s tenure which the then Vincent Ogbulafor committee set up on August 18, 2009 or be cited for contempt of court. Secretary to the Rivers State Government (SSG), Magnus Abe, made the allegations while explaining why security operatives arrested and arraigned some factional members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a Port Harcourt Magistrate Court.
Abe told reporters yesterday that the government had uncovered huge importation of arms into the state and briefed the police authorities.
According to him, though the government has always encouraged the politics of dissent, it would not condone any act that could breach the peace of the state.
Abe alleged that the group of persons who were arrested by security agents while trying to inaugurate a parallel PDP executive council were being sponsored by some top Riversâ€™ politicians (names withheld).
However, he stressed that the government cannot in good conscience allow anybody regardless of his status to operate outside the law.
Abe argued that one of the persons arraigned in court was once rusticated from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology for secret cult activities.