Monday, December 23, 2013

PDP/APC FEUD: Followers Clash In Rivers State

Emohua, Emohua LGA, Rivers State - There was an outbreak of violence in Emohua, headquarters of Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State, yesterday, as the Peoples Democratic Party's supporters clashed with those of the All Progressives Congress.
The conflict resulted in ruining the secretariat of the LG chapter of the Grassroots Development Initiative(GDI), a pressure group established by the Supervising Minister of Education, Chief Nyesom Wike.
According to eyewitnesses, the disorder was triggered by a number of unidentified gunmen who opened fire on the LG secretariat field, which was the venue of a rally organised by the APC.

The APC supporters, most of them young people, accused former chairman of the LG council, serving Director General (Operations) of the Felix Obuah-led PDP in the state, Hon. Chukuwemeka Woke, of masterminding the shooting. It was their attempt to retaliate that led to the destruction of the GDI secretariat.
When contacted, Mr. Woke denied involvement in the shooting at the APC rally. He suggested intead that the scenario was created by the APC members to give them the opportunity to vandalise the GDI secretariat, which was opened by Wike, who is the patron of the group.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Rivers State, Ahmed Mohammed, was unaware of the clash.
Reports reaching us suggest that Rivers State Commissioner for Agriculture Emma Chinda has accused PDP, GDI members of masterminding attacks on APC members in Buguma and Emohua.
It will be recalled that the state has been torn by constant crises following the disagreements between theGovernor, Rotimi Amaechi, and the Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu, and also the trouble within theState House of Assembly.
Meanwhile, members of the Rivers State House of Assembly have condemned the sudden change of mind by the State Police Command over their resumption of plenary today, Monday, December 24, 2013.
The State Police Command, which had earlier assured the lawmakers that it would open the House of Assembly complex for them to resume sitting, made a U-turn at the weekend, warning lawmakers not to come near the building housing the state legislature.

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