Food vendors lament loss from abortion of convention
BY JIMITOTA ONOYUME
PORT HARCOURT : As early as 230 am armed to the teeth Policemen, men of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps , NSCDC and plain cloth security men took over Sharks stadium, Port Harcourt, venue of the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The state Police Commissioner, Mr Francis Odesanya told newsmen that he merely complied with a court order to provide security around the venue, stressing that his men did not seal up the place.”We did not seal up the place, we are only providing security”, he ended.
The Commissioner when asked to say the court order he complied with he said he was not in a position to interprete court order. “It is not my duty to interpret court order “, he added.
He said further enquiries on development around the venue of the place should be made to the Force spokesman in Abuja or the spokesman of the Rivers State Police command
Police patrol vehicles were used to block all roads leading to the stadium. Vehicles were politely told to make u turns away from all roads leading to the stadium.
Workers forced to trek distance
Workers around Moscow, Hospital and adjourning roads leading to the stadium were forced to trek long distance to their offices.
“A lady who works on Moscow road said it was unfortunate that she could be subjected to the stress she went through to get to her office “,
Food vendors lament impact of abortion of the convention
Some of the food vendors who bought spaces around the Sharks stadium lamented their lose. They told the Vanguard that they acquired spaces for seven thousand naira each for their business.”
“I sell food. I came out to sell food in this rented space I paid seven thousand. Now I can I can’t get the patronage I wanted.”, a lady food vendor said,
Convention may hold
There were speculations that the convention may still hold. At press time governors and other leaders of the party were in Government House, Port Harcourt.