By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT— DEPUTY Leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, Dr Dakuku Peterside, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, yesterday, traded words over recent dismissal of six police officers attached to Governor Nyesom Wike, by the Inspector General of Police, IGP.
Peterside claimed the dismissal of the police officers was an indication that the governor was involved in electoral fraud and that the governor also compromised security during the last rerun elections.
Peterside, who was the governorship candidate of the APC in the last governorship elections in the state, described the governor as an embarrassment to the state.
But the PDP in the state said the statement credited to Dr Peterside showed that the action of the IGP was grossly unprofessional, noting that security agencies should call Peterside to order over his alleged unguarded statement against Governor Wike.
Chairman of PDP in the state, Mr Felix Obuah, who spoke through his media aide, Mr Jerry Needam, said the statement of Peterside had again confirmed allegations that the sack of the policemen was politically motivated.
“Comments by Dr. Peterside on the sacked policemen have exposed the inordinate role played by the Inspector-General of Police to ensure that the APC candidates won the election. The careless comments by Dakuku have vindicated the position of the PDP that the sacking of the six policemen has political undertones. What about the policemen who accompanied Rotimi Amaechi, Magnus Abe, Barry Mpigi, Derrick Mene and other APC chieftains to their respective polling units during the re-run election?” the PDP said.