The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has denied allegations that its members destroyed the Nigerian and other flags hoisted in preparations for President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to the state.
Jonathan is expected to be in Port Harcourt on Saturday for the South-south rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP had petitioned the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, alleging that supporters of Governor Chibuike Amaechi and members of the APC destroyed the flags.
But the APC has dismissed the allegations, saying the PDP is bent on causing trouble in the state.
Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt yesterday, the state Chairman of the APC, Chief Davies Ikanya, said: “The attention of the ruling APC in Rivers State has been drawn to a petition written by Mr. Emma Uche, on behalf of Prince Timothy Nsirim (sacked Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council of Rivers State), titled desecration, abuse, removal and damage of the Nigerian flag, PDP flag and Obio/Akpor Local Government flag, by agents of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi's government and APC members of Rivers State chapter.
“On Monday, Rivers State Commissioner of Police called our attention to Nsirim's petition, that it was alleged that members of our party went to somewhere around Rumuigbo Junction (in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area), to destroy the Nigerian flag and other mentioned flags.
“It is another ploy by the defeated, disjointed and tattered PDP in Rivers State to cause mayhem in this our state. We all know that since the exit of (Mbu Joseph) Mbu from Rivers State, the state has been enjoying extensive peace. All our activities have been conducted in law-abiding manner. We have not had political issue, since Mbu left.
“This is a surprise to us. We wish to state categorically clear and unequivocally that no member of the APC did anything like going to destroy flag of any party, not to talk of that of Nigeria. We have the Nigerian flags conspicuously displayed at the Rivers state secretariat of the APC, in our offices and Government House, Port Harcourt.”
Ikanya it was unthinkable that the APC, which according to him is on a rescue mission, would resort to desecrating the Nigerian flag.
Meanwhile, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) in Rivers State has petitioned the state police command alleging that the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Tony Okocha, threatened the life of its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Livingstone Wechie, on April 22 during a peaceful protest in Port Harcourt jointly organised by the organisation and disengaged Risonpalm workers .
In the petition signed by the Chairman, Mr. Sotonye George, and the Secretary, Rev. Sunny Johnson, and received by the police on April 25, the CLO alleged that Okocha had said Wechie was a marked person.
In his reaction, Okocha said the allegations were borne out of mischief and denied threatening Wechie