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Rivers LG elections: PDP flays police over curfew

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Rivers State, has said the Nigeria Police acted overzealously by imposing a curfew in the state ‘on account of the illegal Local Government Election that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government in Rivers State is purportedly conducting.’

State PDP Chairman Bro Felix Obuah, in a press statement issued by his Media Adviser Jerry Needam, while stressing that there is no security threat or any breach of public order that will justify the imposition of a curfew in Rivers State at this time, further noted that ‘even during the last general elections with heightened competition and tension at that time, the Police did not impose a curfew,’ even as the party wondered the rationale for the curfew ‘at a more robust peace period and coming at a time the court stripped the election of legitimacy.’

“It amounts to double standards for the police to aid illegality because they are a defendant as well as the INEC in the suit where the Federal High Court Judge ordered parties to maintain status quo regarding release of voter registers. To conduct an election without the voters register, the main ingredient of legitimacy in the election, is a slap to the court. The police should be law enforcers and not law breakers”, the statement added.

“The so called Local Government Election by Governor’s Amaechi’s Government and APC is illegal and shall remain so. The PDP will not accord it any recognition as it deserves none. The APC cannot build something on nothing and expect it to stand.

“In the face of this illegality, the PDP calls on her numerous supporters and the Rivers State voters to remain calm and accord no regard to the illegal contraption called Local Government Election in the State as nothing will come out of the entire exercise at the end of the day,” the party statement said.

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