From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
It seems the battle over who is the authentic leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Rivers State, has taken another dimension as thugs suspected to be supporters of Ojukaye Flag-Amachree-led APC, early hours of Saturday, vandalized the parallel secretariat belonging to Senator Magnus Abe faction of the party in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
The incident occurred barely 24 hours after Flag-Amachree allegedly threatened to shut down any APC parallel secretariat in the State.
The AUTHORITY gathered that the thugs were allegedly accompanied by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), who invaded the parallel secretariat located at the Waterline junction in the State capital and looted the building under renovation.
It was observed that windows, doors and top ceiling of the building were smashed, while party flags raised on metal poles were pulled down, with the portraits of President Muhammadu Buhari, APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole, as well as that of Senator Abe, hanged on the wall of the main office at the secretariat, also destroyed.
One of Abe’s supporters and lawmaker representing Ikwerre Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Chidi Wihioka, condemned the attack and blamed Flag-Amachree for the vandalism of the secretariat.
He said that the attack on the Abe’s parallel party secretariat was a criminal act and called on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to investigate and arrest the perpetrators of the act.
“Whoever that is behind this should be arrested and made to pay for the damages done to the secretariat. We are in a civilised society and people should not take laws into their hands.
“We condemn a situation, where men of Special Anti-Robbery Squad would be use by one person to cause mayhem. The vandalised secretariat is the authentic secretariat of APC in Rivers State. Court verdict is very clear on who is the genuine chairman of APC in Rivers State,” he stated.
It would be noted that the purported State chairman of APC in the State, Flag-Amachree, had earlier warned that the leadership of the party in the State, would clamp down on any parallel secretariat in the State.
He said that APC has only a secretariat in Rivers and allegedly threatened shut down any parallel secretariat in the state.
Flag-Amachree’s faction could not be reached for reaction, as the mobile phone line of the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Chris Finebone, rang but it was busied.