The Rivers State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said the Nigeria Police acted overzealously by imposing a curfew in the State on account of what it termed illegal Local Government Election that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government in Rivers State has scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday.
The Chairman of Rivers PDP, Bro Felix Obuah, who stated this in a statement issued by his media aide, Jerry Needam, accused the Police of crying more than the bereaved as there is no security threat or any breach of public order that will justify the imposition of a curfew in the state.
The PDP noted that even during the last general elections with heightened competition and tension at that time, the Police did not deem it fit to impose a curfew, wondering why the curfew is coming 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”, the statement further added said.
“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”, Obuah said.