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  • Updated: February 14, 2023

Why We Cancelled Atiku Campaign Rally In Rivers – PDP

The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council said has revealed that the planned campaign rally for the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in Port Harcourt was cancelled to prevent the loss of lives in the state.

The Chairman, PDP PCC in Rivers State, Senator Lee Maeba, gave the explanation during a media briefing in Port Harcourt on Monday.

The party chieftain divulged that his party members had been repeatedly attacked, particularly, Atiku's supporters in the last three months in the state.

He added that the Rivers State Government had sealed the businesses of prominent members of the party who supported the presidential candidate’s election bid.

“On December 14, 2022, one Rhino Owhohaire, the Youth Director, of Atiku/Okowa Campaign Council, was shot in his village of Alu in the Ikwerre Local Government Area, and the incident was reported to the police high command, but nothing happened", he recounted.

He opined that even when a suspect was arrested, the government of Rivers State, indulged the culprit and set him free on bail.

“On February 5, 2023, 31 members of the Atiku Support Group were arrested at their meeting venue at the GRA, Port Harcourt, arraigned and remanded at the correctional centre in Port Harcourt on trumped-up charges of unlawful assembly, conspiracy, and cultism.

“On February 9, 2023, Abiye Sekibo was informed that the venue earmarked for the PDP presidential campaign rally was on fire at Rainbow Town in Port Harcourt.

“He (Sekibo) was attacked when he went to verify the accuracy of the information.

"The attack was carried out by the police attached to the Government House in Port Harcourt.

“Fortunately, he escaped unhurt by the divine providence of God, but his vehicle was fatally damaged by a rain of bullets.”

He said despite previously giving the PDP approval to use Adokiye Amesiamaka Stadium for its presidential rally, Governor Nyesom Wike thereafter cancelled the approval for no just cause.

"The governor gave a flimsy  excuse that we wanted to hold a joint rally with APC in Rivers State on the approved date of February 11, 2023, to foment trouble.”

 “The governor, using Government House police and other hoodlums, has unleashed unrelenting violence, making the peaceful use of the facility impossible, among other things.

“In light of the above submission, we, the state Campaign Council, in total constructive engagement with the National Presidential Campaign Council, the candidate, and the party, believe that no loss of human life can be tolerated or accepted before, during, or after the rally and have agreed with our principals on the need to shelve and/or cancel the rally to avoid any deaths.”

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