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Rivers PDP tackles Atiku’s camp, says claims are unbridled falsehood

By Guardian Nigeria
10 December 2022   |   8:15 am
The Chairman of the Publicity and Communications Committee of the Consolidation of the New Rivers Vision Campaign Council, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke, has faulted claims made by the Spokesman of the Presidential Campaign Council in Rivers State, concerning recent developments in the political space.

[FILES] Atiku Abubakar speaks at the Lagos Business School 2022 Alumnia Day. Photo: Twitter/Atiku Abubakar

The Chairman of the Publicity and Communications Committee of the Consolidation of the New Rivers Vision Campaign Council, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke, has faulted claims made by the Spokesman of the Presidential Campaign Council in Rivers State, concerning recent developments in the political space.

Nwuke, during a press briefing in Port Harcourt, Yesterday, said the Spokesman of the Presidential Campaign Council in the state during chats with the media on Thursday, sold falsehood to Rivers People with his claims that there are plans by the state PDP to dress up some persons in branded T-shirts bearing the face of the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in order to destroy or deface billboards and posters.

Reacting to the claims, Nwuke said nobody in the PDP loyal to the leadership of Governor Wike has removed any billboard, saying Rivers people are being fed with unbridled falsehood while the governor has been busy, commissioning and flagging off new projects in parts of the State.

He noted that despite claims that supporters of the PDP in the State that are loyal supporters of Governor Wike are pulling down or defacing billboards carrying the faces of candidates of other political parties, including those that are aspiring for the presidency, those carrying Atiku’s image are standing elegantly along major roads and streets in the state.

He said: “We would not have wasted energy in responding to these allegations that are as worthless as the paper on which they are written. The reason is that they are products of poor workmen who are usually in the habit of quarrelling with their tools.

“We refer specifically to illogical and ill-conceived claims made by the Spokesman of the Presidential Campaign Council in Rivers State.

“He has claimed in chats with the media that there are plans by the Rivers PDP to dress up some persons in branded T-shirts bearing the face of the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in order to destroy or deface billboards and posters.

“We have similarly learnt through the media of a move by the PDP to recruit 20 political thugs in each of the 23 Local Government Areas of Rivers State who would be used to intimidate innocent and defenceless citizens.

“The media is also at liberty to confirm whose posters are being torn by agents of the Atiku campaign organization.”

He, however, disclosed that the campaign team had stumbled upon a plan by some politicians who believe in divide-and-rule tactics, to use murderers, assassins, and ex-prisoners to inflict bodily harm on innocent and defenceless Rivers people.

He said: “Our position is that agents of the presidential candidate have resorted to underhand practices in an attempt to stir distrust and unrest in Rivers state,

“We have stumbled upon a plan by the pro-Atiku group led by a War Canoe Chief, supported by some rogue politicians who believe in divide-and-rule tactics, to use murderers, assassins, and ex-prisoners to inflict bodily harm on innocent and defenceless Rivers people.

“The idea, we have learnt, is to destabilize a peaceful State, create fear and unrest and cause public disaffection through the generation of bare-faced terror and mind-boggling-violence.

“More importantly, the idea is to cover up their evil plan to attack the State, stimulate tension and attempt to halt the ongoing and commendable bid by Governor Nyesom Wike to deliver more facilities to the good people of Rivers State in accordance with his electoral promises.

“AS part of the plan, they are already running on the theory of the big lie by fabricating all kinds of tales, so they can later claim they told us so. In their desperation, they have even claimed that we are assembling thugs.”