The All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State have traded blames over yesterday’s bombing of the State High Court, Ahoada and a fire incident at another court in Okehi.
Interim Chairman of APC, Mr Davies Ikanya, in a statement, said that those behind the act were allegedly rattled by the recent ruling of Justice Charles Wali of the state High Court in Ahoada which ordered member representing Ogu/Bolo state constituency, Evans Bipi, as Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly.
He said: “It is very unfortunate and sad to note that the state High Court in Ahoada, was bombed this morning (yesterday) by agents of undemocratic elements. Those that perpetrated this act may not be far from those who are not comfortable with the ruling by Justice Wali, of December 16, 2013 barring Bipi, leader of the G6 rebel members of the Rivers State House of Assembly, from parading himself as Speaker of the Assembly”.
On its part, PDP, in its statement, blamed those allegedly against the High Court sitting to reverse its decision on Bipi as being behind the explosion.
State Chairman of the party, Mr Felix Obuah in a statement signed by his media aide, Jerry Needam, said those behind the explosion at the state High Court, Ahoada, also wanted to create the impression of an insecure Rivers State.
“The case that temporarily restrained Bipi from parading himself as Speaker, Rivers State House of Assembly, was to come up today (yesterday) at the court. Our team of lawyers made up of over 10 Senior Advocates of Nigeria from Abuja and Lagos arrived the state high court, Ahoda, this morning (yesterday) to argue for the vacation of the interim order, and saw the senseless and barbaric destruction of the court.
“The PDP makes bold to suspect that the reported bombing was carried out by agents of Rivers State Government to prevent the court from sitting, so that the court would not be able to vacate the interim order made by Justice Wali”.