The Spokesman of Rivers APC 2023 Campaign Council, Sogbeye Eli has called for the redeployment of Rivers State Commissioner, Effiong Okon.
According to the APC campaign spokesperson, The attack on the Rivers APC governorship campaign Rally grounds at Opobo this morning ahead of the arrival of the party’s candidate, Arc. Tonye Cole, Mni, it is yet another red flag to the boiling cauldron that the State political environment has become on the watch of the Commissioner of Police.
In a press statement, he said ‘’We recall that the Rivers APC governorship campaign Rally grounds in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area was attacked with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and sporadic gunfire, a development which the Commissioner of Police denied before ordering an investigation by the Deputy Commissioner, Operations and the Bomb Disposal Unit. No report of the investigation is made public and no arrest has been made to date. Another disruption of our Andoni Rally at Asarama was also reported without a single arrest.
Campaign activities of the governorship candidates of Accord, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, and the Social Democratic Party, Senator Magnus Abe, have suffered similar unprovoked attacks at Etche, Oyigbo, Port Harcourt, Tai and Ahoada West LGAs over the last couple of days without any deterrence measure by the State Police Command.
In the circumstance, we call on both the Inspector-General of Police and National Security Adviser to enforce their commitments at the commencement of the campaign season not to allow State Governors suppress or interfere with the rights of other political parties involved in campaign activities in the build-up to the 2023 general elections. We maintain that is the only guarantee to restore sanity in States like Rivers that have been made volatile by anti-democratic forces working in active connivance with compromised Police Commissioners.’’