Cultism Allegation: An attempt to destroy my hard-earned reputation - Peterside
By Nkemjika Clpress
December 2nd, 2014
Dr. Dakuku Peterside, governorship candidate of the All Progressives
Congress, APC, in Rivers State has described the allegation of cultism
against him by the Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party,
PDP, as unkind and uncharitable. For him, this is taking politics of
mudslinging too far. This latest evil and immoral accusation, he
believes, is an attempt to destroy his hard-earned reputation.
The APC candidate who stated this in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State
capital called on politicians to focus on issues that would improve the
living standards of their people rather than resorting to criminal and
baseless accusation and cheap blackmail that are capable of exacerbating
the already tensed political atmosphere in the state.
According to Peterside, this accusation runs contrary to his ideals as a
practising Christian and preacher of the Gospel. “I am amused by this
baseless allegation because as a Christian, I know where I stand with
Christ. And any attempt by anybody or group to tarnish my hard earned
reputation will be resisted and challenged.
“I never belonged to any secret society or cult group all my life
including my university days and I will never be. For emphasis sake, let
me unequivocally state that I was never a member of any cult as alleged
by my accusers.
“From 1986 to 2011, I was a member of Church of God Mission
International but for distance, I had to change my denomination to
Salvation Ministries and my pastor can attest to my undiluted Christian
life and spiritual standing. Curiously, this unfortunate allegation is
coming from a party that Rivers People and the Christian community are
alleging of parading known Ogboni members.
“Perhaps this is a diversionary tactics to divert attention from the
demand of the Christian community in Rivers State that those who aspire
to the high office of governor must have high moral and spiritual
standing. And that the church resolve not to vote for anybody with
secret society background is firm and well known, and this is highly
commendable. I can say without any fear that I was never and will never
join any cult.
“For me, the issues before the electorate go beyond unfounded and
criminal accusation. I am aware that Rivers people know all of us and
our moral standing and character, including the issue of Christianity
and where I stand. One would have expected my accusers to face the real
issues of providing quality leadership rather than crying wolf where
there is none.
“I am an open book! In my days both at Okrika Grammar School, OGS and
Rivers State University of Science and Technology where I served as
National President of National Union of Rivers State Students, NURSS,
among other positions, I did not join any cult group not even with the
excuse of youthful exuberance. This accusation is therefore unjustified
and should be disregarded.
“I consider this a flagrant assault on my reputation and integrity and I
am not going to take this lying low. Therefore, I am going to challenge
this affront on my person and character in the court of law”, he said.