Rivers Crisis: Groups condemn APC over state of emergency declaration


A group of Nigerian stakeholders under the auspices of the Nigerian Forum of Concerned Citizens have condemned recent comments by the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which called for the declaration of a state of emergency over the protracted political crisis in the state.

DAILY POST recalls that Caretaker Chairman of the APC, Tony Okocha, at a press conference in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, had called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in Rivers following the dispute over the tenure of 23 local government chairmen.

The call came after clashes between supporters of Governor Siminalaye Hubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, left two security personnel dead.

Reacting to the situation in Rivers State, the group, at a press conference in Abuja on Friday, described the APC move as a “deliberate and calculated ploy aimed at exacerbating the existing insecurity in the area for political expediency.”

The group’s executive director, Dr Ekeanyanwu Promise, said the declaration of a state of emergency would undermine democratic governance.

“We are disheartened and disturbed by the recent declaration by the All Progressives Congress (APC) advocating a state of emergency in Rivers State. Rather than offering any solution, the proposal appears to be a deliberate and calculated ploy aimed at exacerbating the existing insecurity in the area for political expediency.”

“We therefore unequivocally and strongly condemn the APC's declaration of a state of emergency in Rivers State, which is not only unjustified but also a deliberate attempt to plunge the state into confusion, chaos and mayhem. The move is a veiled ploy to hide their responsibilities for political gain and destabilise peace in Rivers State.”

“We acknowledge that the security situation in Rivers State is a matter of concern that requires attention, but we urge the relevant authorities to take proactive steps to address the root causes of the problem. Declaring a state of emergency is not a viable solution; it will only lead to further violence, displacement and human rights violations,” he said.

Source: dailypost.ng

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