The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State have engaged each other in a war of words over who was responsible for the bombing of three High Court premises in the state.
While the PDP blamed the APC and the state Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, for the incident because of their support for the protracted closure of the courts, the APC said the PDP was responsible because of its penchant for violence.
The state Chairman of PDP, Mr. Felix Obuah, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday, said he was worried over the unscrupulous and unrepentant nature of those who wished the judiciary dead in the state.
Noting that the latest bombings were coming shortly after judiciary workers in the state suspended the eight-month-old strike, the PDP chairman said APC should be asked why it took delights in the continued closure of courts in the state.
Obuah said: “PDP finds it irrational and indicting why Amaechi is not bothered about the continued closure of the courts, neither is he moved by the suffering of litigants, lawyers and solicitors and especially those languishing in detention and prisons because of the striking judiciary workers.
“Yet, he gleefully and dutifully pays the salaries and allowances of the judiciary workers for staying at home.”
The state APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ikanya, in his reaction, said the PDP had extended its bombing antecedents to government institutions.
According to him, “We thought that it was only APC secretariats, billboards and our supporters that are targets but to start bombing courts shows how frustrated and barbaric these people can be.
“To turn Rivers State into a war zone and scare away our cherished investors is not acceptable to us but deplorable and condemnable. We expect the police and security organs to fish these criminals and deal with them accordingly.
“We are not promoters of violence and we have nothing to gain by bombing institutions that are ours and cost us much money to build. We condemn this act and pray that those behind this heinous act to desist and repent as well as stop dragging the cherished name of the state in the mud.
“Rivers State is ours to build and not to destroy. Election should not be a do-or-die affair! Let us not kill ourselves because we will need ourselves by tomorrow as brothers and sisters. That PDP have lost the February elections should not make the leadership to think that the world should come to an end.”