By JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT— CHAIRMEN of the 21 local government areas in Rivers State, have vowed not to recognise the Felix Obuah-led Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, executive that was recognised as the authentic executive of the party by an Abuja High Court on Monday.
Speaking, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, under the aegis of Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON, Rivers State chapter, the chairmen described the verdict of the court, which sacked the Chief Godspower Ake-led faction of the party, as a miscarriage of justice, adding that it was part of an alleged grand design by a group of individuals to rupture the peace in the state.
They said there had been an alleged plot to create an environment that would warrant the declaration of a state of emergency in Rivers State, with a view to illegally removing Governor Chibuike Amaechi from office.
Chairman of the body, Mr. Chimbuko Akarolo, noted that the alleged boundary dispute between the state and Bayelsa State was part of the scheme.
He said: “In furtherance of the plot by these disgruntled elements, Rivers State had been victimised, deprived, denied and alienated by the government at the centre, of its resources and due benefits, such as ceding unlawfully, oil wells of Rivers State to Bayelsa, refusal to develop or repair federal infrastructure in Rivers State, among others.
“The high point of the grand plot was executed by the sack of the duly elected PDP Rivers State executive, and illegal swearing in of a group that never contested election, as the new executive, relying on an Abuja High Court judgment.”
Declaring their unflinching support for the Ake deposed executive, the council chairmen pleaded with members of the party to remain law abiding, adding that the judgment of the trial court had been appealed against.