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Rivers commissioner threatens to sue PDP over allegation


THE Rivers State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sampson Parker, has threatened to head to court over allegations by  the Secretary of the State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Walter Ibibia, that he (Parker) orchestrated  the mayhem that disrupted the rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, in Okrika Local Council of the state last week.

    Parker told journalists in PortHarcourt that he was neither at the venue of the rally, nor in Okrika on the day of the incident, saying that, the PDP should stop apportioning blames to APC members on the crimes.

    Ibibia had during a television programme in PortHarcourt, attributed the violence that marred the  rally to the disagreement among leading members of the APC in Okrika, about who  should control the structures of the party in Okrika Local Council of the state.

   Parker, a native of Okrika, maintained that there was no leadership tussles in the party in Okrika. He said, “it is my considered opinion that Walter’s mission on the show was to incriminate me in something he knows I know nothing about. His submissions and argument on that show stood commonsense on his head.

   “That he had the gall to suggest that APC members in Okrika mobilised indigenes and residents of Okrika, and, then, hired gunmen to shoot at them, though would have made for a good laugh in Walter’s weird imagination, is nothing short of criminal flight of fancy.

   “This kind of thinking typifies the character of the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State. It also shows desperation on the part of PDP as they discover that they walk the edge of a precipice as far as elections in Rivers State are concerned”.

    Parker maintained: “Here are the facts: I was not in Okrika on February 17, 2015, for the rally because I was on an official assignment in Abuja. I was invited by a Federal agency to discuss matter of importance to Rivers State. My boss, the Governor of Rivers State, ChibuikeAmaechi, knew where I was. However, I did my part to see that there a successful rally in Okrika”.

    The Health Commissioner, who said he was waiting to receive legal advice from his lawyers, warned his detractors to desist from carrying falsehood about, to escape God’s wrath.

   “While I await my lawyers’ advice, as I contemplate the next steps to take concerning this episode, let me warn those, who unjustifiably seek to do me harm that my God will respond to them,” Parker stated.

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