All Progressives Congress [APC] in Rivers State said it believes that
President Goodluck Jonathan’s seeming confession at the recent PDP rally
in Benin was accidental, unintended and, therefore, tainted by mischief
which was very glaring in the tone, air and occasion where it was made.
The party stated this in an online press statement signed by its State
Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone while referring to the comment made
in Benin by Mr Jonathan.
“….In Rivers State, the opposition exists only on billboards; the state
belongs to the PDP. So, allow their billboards to stay. We know the
party that is controlling Rivers state….” - President Goodluck Ebele
To buttress its point further, APC quot thus: Oscar Wilde [1854 – 1900]
it was that said: “It is the confession, not the priest that gives us
absolution.” That is, if absolution is the objective of the confessor.
APC however maintained that it is to the credit of Mr. President that
he, by omission, corroborated the long-held view that the Rivers State
chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP], the President’s party,
and its militia wings such as the GDI, have been responsible for the
sustained vicious war declared against any and every billboard, banner,
buntings, flags and sometimes secretariats of the APC across Rivers
State. For this singular accidental confession, we thank Mr. President
The Rivers State chapter of APC said it disagrees with Mr. President,
for the umpteenth time, that Rivers State belongs to the PDP. “As far as
the APC and impassioned observers are concerned, all empirical and
anecdotal evidence point to APC overwhelming hold on Rivers State, which
retains power across the 23 local governments and controls over 90% of
state and national legislators from the state”, the statement declared.
With the backdrop of the fortuitous confession by the president and his
directive that: “So, allow their billboards to stay,” the APC in Rivers
State wondered, given the Machiavellian modus operandi of the cabal that
run the contraption called PDP in Rivers State, whether the directive of
Mr. President to his foot soldiers, no matter the dishonest underlying
tone, will ever be obeyed.
It observed that its quandary is well-founded based on the experience
that those who run the PDP in Rivers State have often displayed equal
measure of disregard and violence to constituted authorities and
individuals outside of the PDP and within the PDP, adding that the
recent member-on-member violence that was unleashed on its own members
at the Delta Hotel, Port Harcourt quickly comes to mind.
The party appealed to security agencies especially the Nigerian Police
and the Department of State Security [DSS] to take proper notice of the
President’s confession and directive to ensure that they rein in members
of the PDP and their militia wings such as the GDI – buoyed by their
ever boastful, roughneck and gangster leader - who are most likely to
disobey the directive by Mr. President and continue to vandalise APC
billboards, other outdoor signage and party offices in the LGAs across
Rivers State APC reminded security agencies to take another look at
official constitutional briefs and ensure that they always act
professionally and stand on the side of justice, equity and fair play so
that they will ultimately end up on the good side of history. It is the
constitutional duty of the Nigerian Police and other security agencies
to provide equal protection of lives and property to all Nigerians
irrespective of party affiliation.