APC Mourns Late Mayor of Port Harcout, Condemns Use of Violence by PDP

…Okocha lambasts PDP Leadership, says conduct very shameful

By Faustinus Nwaorgu

The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has
described the sudden death of the Mayor of Port Harcourt Local
Government Area (PHALGA), Hon. Charles Paul Ejekwu, as a rude shock
and very devastating. The party in a statement by the State Chairman,
Dr. Chief Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, prayed God to grant Hon. Ejekwu’s
immediate family, the Rivers State APC Leader and Chairman of
Governors’ Forum, Gov. Amaechi, the entire APC family and Rivers State
people in general, the fortitude to bear this great loss and grant the
departed eternal rest.

“We hope to do our best to live his principles and stand on our common
struggle to emancipate and free our people from the hands of greedy
and visionless politicians plotting everyday on how to take our State
back to the inglorious past before God decided to send to us Gov.
Amaechi to secure us and change the politics of our State,” Dr. Ikanya
said of Hon. Ejeukwu, who died Wednesday morning in Port Harcourt.

Continuing, Ikanya said: “Regrettably, instead of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) respecting the death of this young man who did
his best to contribute his quota towards a new Port Harcourt, they
rather preferred to continue with their ugly mission of using thugs to
cause havoc in their desperation to destabilise the Amaechi
administration. Like crazed vagabonds, PDP thugs attempted to sabotage
and disrupt the Meet-the-People Tour of Governor Amaechi by destroying
the canopies and chairs arranged at strategic locations in Obio/Akpor,
shooting sporadically into the air, breaking bottles on the roads,
destructing property and injuring innocent persons on Wednesday, 13th
August, 2014 the very day we lost the Mayor of Port Harcourt to
death.”

Rivers APC commended Governor Amaechi for postponing his
Meet-the-People Tour not because of the madness of the PDP tugs and
their wicked sponsors but in the honour of the late Mayor Ejekwu. “By
this act, the Governor has once again demonstrated his humane and
caring qualities as the people’s leader. As we console him over this
great loss, we pray God to continue to guide and inspire him as he
submits himself as a tool in the hands of God to emancipate our nation
politically. Amaechi should not be deterred by the politics of men who
do not know what politics is all about,” the party said.

It called on the security agencies to prevail on PDP to toe the path
of peace and discontinue their devilish mission to turn the State into
a battlefield. According to Rivers APC, “PDP wants to create unrest,
fear and panic in Rivers State. We are calling on the police and other
security agencies in the state to prevail on the PDP to stop attacking
APC gatherings.

“We also appeal to our brothers in PDP to allow peace to reign in the
state. Even before the governor (Rotimi Amaechi) started his visit to
the people, the police were properly informed. Despite the presence of
the police, these hoodlums still went ahead to cause confusion. The
police should confront those that want to turn the state into a
battlefield.” APC urged Amaechi not to be intimidated into abandoning
his well-intentioned tour designed to be used to interact with the
people and get their views on the services rendered to them.

In his own reaction, Chief of Staff to Governor Amaechi, Chief Tony
Okocha, a chieftain of APC, described the use of thugs and
reintroduction of violence in the politics of Rivers State by PDP as
very sad, unfortunate and condemnable. Okocha said: “I think they
resort to the politics of thuggery and violence because they have no
ideology, vision for any development of Rivers State, exposing
themselves as being bereft of ideas on what modern politics is all
about. It is unfortunate that Chief Nyesome Wike, the junior Minister
of Education, is still living in the past, not knowing that the 2015
elections will be based on ideas and conviction of the people and no
longer on the amount of violence one can unleash. The earlier he wakes
up from his slumber the better for him and those who are following him
sheepishly. Rivers State people can now understand what Wike and PDP
stand for – violence. I know our people very well as peace-loving
people who will not want the reintroduction of violence into our
state. The only way to stop this evil is to collectively vote out PDP
and all it stands for in 2015 and I am confident that the good people
of Rivers State will do just that.”

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