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Rivers PDP alerts on plot to frame Nwanosike, Sekibo, others

Rivers PDP alerts on plot to frame Nwanosike, Sekibo, others

The worst days may be ahead for some de­tained leaders of the Rivers State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), if the federal author­ities succeed in their alleged plot against them.
Their ordeals are traced to the just-concluded re­run election in Etche Lo­cal Government Area where the PDP defeated the oppo­sition All Progressives Con­gress (APC).
In a statement it issued on Monday, the PDP said that information at its dis­posal revealed secret plans to file incriminating charges against its Publicity Secre­tary, Samuel Nwanosike, Ro­land Sekibo, Odiari Prince­will and other chieftains of the party who were unlaw­fully arrested by the military during last Saturday’s re-run election in Etche council.
Shocked by the desper­ation of some PDP oppo­nents who want Nwanosike silenced by all means, the State PDP Chairman, Mr. Felix Obuah, said that his (Nwanosike) and other de­tainees’ transfer to the State Criminal Investigation De­partment (SCID) was influ­enced by a well-known APC chieftain in the state who had always wanted Nwanosike dead.
The statement was signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the PDP Chairman, Mr. Jerry Needam.
He insisted that the PDP chieftains, officials had legal­ly accredited for the election and were innocent of any of­fence being levelled against them by security agencies.
Obuah believes that the dust being thrown into the eyes of the investigating po­lice officers is borne out of “hate and bitterness against the arrested PDP chief­tains and the singular de­sire to find cause to nail Mr. Nwanosike for refusing the APC to carry out their sin­ister plans, especially in the Rivers East Senatorial Dis­trict during the elections.
He said: “Even as they are being illegally detained un­der inhuman conditions at the State CID, pressures are being mounted on the secu­rity men to transfer them to Abuja in order to deny them further access to their fam­ilies.
“We insist that Mr. Sam­uel Nwanosike and the three others are innocent and were officially in Etche during the rerun election as our party agents for the purpose of monitoring the election and duly acted within the ambit of the law,” Obuah said.
Meanwhile, the Ahmed Makarfi group of the PDP has provided “evidence” that shows that APC is be­hind the party’s crisis.
At a press conference in Abuja on Monday, the spokesperson of the faction, Mr. Dayo Adeyeye, said the actions of some leaders of the APC had buttressed its allegations of instigating the crisis in the PDP.
He said: “We have stated several times that the APC has its hand deep in the PDP crisis. There is no doubt that Sheriff’s activities against the PDP are being aided and abated by the APC.
“For the record, just last week, the governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, gave unsolicited advice that we should support Senator Sheriff. That is one instance of their meddlesomeness in the PDP affairs.
“No doubt that Okoro­cha and Co are happy that their man won at the Appeal Court but very much afraid that he could lose at the Su­preme Court. Also, we have it on good authority that the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has de­ployed his former Abuja Li­aison Officer who was a for­mer Intermediate Officer of the party, Mr. John Enebeli, among others, to lure some members of staff in support of Senator Sheriff by promis­ing them huge sums of mon­ey to offset their outstanding allowances,” Adeyeye stated.

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