The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) and Ikwerre Citizens for Democratic Movement (ICDM), have declared their opposition to a pro-Jonathan rally scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt, the state capital today.
The Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), a group dedicated to highlighting the achievements of the Goodluck Jonathan administration and drumming up support for the president’s re-election bid in 2015, is slated to hold its South–South rally in the Rivers State capital.
The South-West rally held last week in Ibadan, while the maiden edition kicking off from Awka, Anambra State, penultimate week.
But the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and other groups in the state have described the rally as untimely and an avenue to spread the Ebola Virus Disease, following the outbreak in the state.
Reacting in Port Harcourt yesterday, the State Chairman of APC, Dr. Davies Ikanya, said the rally is nothing but a ‘firing squad’ against the people of the state.
He said as a party, the leadership of the APC in the state was not afraid of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but was only concerned about the threat the rally poses to the lives of residents of the Garden City.
Ikanya said: “The rally is a firing squad, it is an invitation to death. The same people who said the public should avoid crowd and that they are committed to the fight against Ebola is today organising a rally in Rivers State when they are aware of the outbreak of the disease in the state.
“We are committed and we are not threatened by their coming. I think the group who said they are going to protest against the rally by tomorrow has a point.
“The President should be thinking about how to assist the state government to fight Ebola instead of organising political rallies”.
Speaking in the same vein, the President General of Ikwerre Citizens for Democratic Movement (ICDM), Comrade Prince Obiajunwo Dike, said the group had given President Jonathan up till 11 pm yesterday to call off the rally or consider himself as one of the enemies of Rivers people.
He said the people of Rivers State, particularly the youths, were being mobilised to barricade the Elekahia Stadium venue of the rally in the interest of Rivers State.
Dike said even the president is aware that there is an outbreak of Ebola in the state, which he said had rendered the rally unnecessary in order to prevent further spread of EVD.
He said he expected the Federal Government to focus on the pressing needs in the state and not to play politics with the lives of the people.
He said: “As far as I am concerned, the rally will not hold in the state. If they go ahead to hold the rally by tomorrow, then Jonathan hates Rivers people.
“We will mobilise against them. We don’t mind if our action leads to an uproar tomorrow”.