The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alleged that the state governor, Chibuike Amaechi is pushing the Ogoni people to war with his decision lead a rally in Bori in spite of security challenges in Bori, Ogoni.
According to a statement signed by the Special Adviser, Media to the State Chairman, Jerry Needam, rather than threatening to go ahead to hold a rally in Bori, and provoke the people to another round of crisis, the governor should talk and for once, act like a governor by seeking ways to bring about peace in the area and the State, before he proceeds on rally to Bori or any other part of the state.
The party insists the crises in the state are created and masterminded by Governor Rotimi Amaechi, whom the party said has lost control of the state, and advised that the only thing proper in the circumstance is for him to resign, and give peace a chance, rather than continue to incite and provoke the people.
“We also wish to note that Governor Rotimi Amaechi has refused to visit the innocent Ogoni youths wounded during the APC rally in Bori and those whose conditions are critical three days after the incident.
“We believe the youths were shot by armed thugs hired by the chairman of Khana Local Government Council, Bariledum Greg Miiedam, on the instructions of Governor Rotimi Amaechi who has refused to visit the innocent youths who are lying critical in hospital; but prefers to lead another rally in Bori even when the state of the youths is still dicey and tension in the area is still very high.
“This underscores Amaechi’s disdain for the lives of Ogoni people, preferring to coerce them into APC, with many unfulfilled promises since 2007.”
The party urged the governor to “allow peace to reign in Ogoni and Rivers State and shelve his planned rally, considering the tension in the area and critical state of innocent youths that were shot by area hired thugs.”