PDP Declares APC’s Alleged Coup in Rivers State Has Failed



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced that the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s purported attempt to forcefully take over Rivers State has ended in failure.

This declaration comes amid heightened political tensions in the state, with the PDP accusing the APC of attempting a political coup. The PDP has vowed to continue defending democracy and the rule of law in Rivers State.

On Wednesday, the leadership of the APC in Rivers State urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the state, citing the presence of a full-blown war.

This call was made by the APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Chief Tony Okocha, during a media briefing in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

He said, “Rivers State is at war and the dramatis personae who are responsible for the mayhem that has claimed lives are known.

“The governor is helpless, the police bias helpless. Therefore the APC in Rivers State is calling for a state of emergency in Rivers State as a way of taming the mayhem, and the upsurge that is going on in the state.

“I call on the federal government to act fast in this regard.”

In his response, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, said on Wednesday that Okocha’s statement exposes APC’s intention to provoke a crisis in Rivers State.

He called on the Federal Government and the APC national leadership to immediately intervene and advise Okocha to cease his actions as they posed a threat to democracy and stability in Nigeria.

The statement read in part, “The attention of the Peoples Democratic Party has been drawn to yet another hallucinating press conference by the Rivers State Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Tony Okocha, wherein he again fantasized that the will of the people of Rivers State as expressed in the governorship election which produced Governor Siminalayi Fubara can be upturned by the imagination of the APC.

“This reckless outburst by Tony Okocha further exposes the sinister plot by the APC in Rivers State which has been seeking ways to instigate crisis, forcefully overthrow a democratic Order and impose an anti-democratic regime in Rivers State in clear violation of Section 1 sub-section 2 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

“The use of the word ‘war’ by Mr Okocha in his thoughtless statement clearly shows an evil intention which has been firmly resisted and will continue to be resisted by the people of Rivers State.

“The APC in Rivers State should note that its malevolent scheme to instigate crisis and forcefully take over the State has failed. Rivers State is a stronghold of the PDP and the people are solidly behind the Government of the PDP in the State.”

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