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The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that there are plans by the presidency to transfer the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Tunde Ogunsakin, for his refusal to dance to the tune of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The allegations came as the PDP in the state said the party was not involved in the protest by youths in Omoku, headquarters of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of the state last Monday.
The APC in a statement issued yesterday on behalf of the state Chairman, Dr. Davies Ikanya, by his Senior Special Aide on Media and Public Affairs, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze, said Ogunsakin had stabilised the peace in the state after taking over from Mr. Joseph Mbu because he had been professional in handling issues of security in the state.
The statement said: “We are reliably informed that arrangements have been concluded by the presidency and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to redeploy Ogunsakin barley three months after his transfer to Rivers State just because he has refused to play their deadly politics since he assumed office and instead demonstrated that he is a core police officer.
“We will like to reiterate that we resist the transfer of Ogunsakin through every legal means available to us. We need peace in Rivers State and the current Commissioner of Police has demonstrated that he is thorough police officer and we are okay with his efforts to sustain the peace in the state. We don’t need another CP Mbu, an obvious PDP member, in Rivers State to take us back to the terrible route we only survived by the grace of God.”
The party also commended Governor Chibuike Amaechi “on the extra mile his administration has gone to drastically improve the security situation in the state and congratulated him for winning the 2014 Best Governor on Security in Nigeria Award by the organisers of the Nigeria Security Profile Award (NISPA).
“This is an award well deserved considering Amaechi’s giant strides in the area of security,” the party said.
It recalled that as at the time Amaechi assumed office as governor in 2007, the state capital, Port Harcourt, was a war zone where only the fittest survived.
According to APC, “The Port Harcourt that Amaechi inherited was more like a jungle where the fittest determined the fate of lesser animals. The once glamorous city was ranked among the four most dangerous cities in the world as at that time. The human resources unit of New York-based Marsh & McLennan Cos. had ranked Port Harcourt with Baghdad, Yemen’s capital of Sana’a and Khartoum in Sudan, as the world’s most dangerous cities. Going by the ranking published by Bloomberg, Port Harcourt ranked with Baghdad as one of the world’s most dangerous cities for foreign workers as criminal gangs and militia groups seeking greater control of energy revenue stepped up attacks.
“For Amaechi to have rescued Rivers State from the menace of militancy demonstrates that he is a leader ahead of his peers, so NISPA is well justified to bestow this award on a well deserved recipient.”
Meanwhile, the PDP has said neither the party, the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, nor its state Chairman, Prince Felix Obuah, has any hands in the recent protest by the Omoku youths against the council Chairman of Ogba/Egebma/Ndoni Local Government Area, Austin Ohiamadu.
The party, in a statement issued by Mr. Jerry Needam, Special Adviser, Media to the state PDP Chairman, Obuah, said the allegation was spurious, malicious, unfounded and baseless, stressing that Wike and Obuah were too busy to have time for youth association politics.
The statement said Ohiamadu lacked the composure and self-respect to exercise control over the people he claims to be their council chairman only to be looking for who to blame for his ineffectiveness.
The PDP said if it was not Amaechi-led state government of which he is part of, that lifted the ban on the youth’s association which led to the subsequent election of the youth association officers.
“At what point did the supervising minister of education and the PDP state chairman come into the picture to warrant the council chairman’s insults and wild allegations?” the party queried.