The Rivers State government has withdrawn its approval for the use of the Adokiye Amesieamaka Stadium, Igwurita- Ali, Port Harcourt, by the presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
AFLM reports that the State government had before approved the use of the stadium for the February 11, 2023 campaign rally of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council in the State.
But, the State Commissioner for Sports, in a letter addressed to the Director- General of the Campaign Council, Rt.Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, charged the PDP presidential aspirant of plotting to hold a collaborative campaign at the venue with the All Progressives Congress( APC).
The letter dated January 31, 2023 and signed by the Commissioner for Sports, Barrister Christopher Green, reads in part “Believable intelligence available to the Government of Rivers State and recent developments now show that your Presidential Campaign Organization is working in collaboration and in cohorts with a faction of the All Progressives Congress( APC) in Rivers State led by Tonye Patrick Cole and that it’s the intention of your Presidential Campaign Organization to negotiate and share the approved facility for you with the said faction of the All Progressives Congress( APC).
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Recall that Governor Nyesom Wike had while speaking during a PDP governorship campaign rally, charged the public leadership of the party ofanti-party activities.
The governor said “ We’ve caught them. They’re the ones engaged inanti-party. I told themanti-party begets anti party. You know we carried these small parties( APC, SDP) to court for failing to do what the law says.
The people in Abuja that say they’re public have gone to collude with them( opposition parties) to write our lawyers a letter that they should take their hands off, in order to kill the cases we filed. I’ve told our lawyers to withdraw from the matters. I’ll hit them back by hereafter.
Nobody hurts us without sustaining a scar. Anybody who dares to touch us in Rivers State, I’ll inflict numerous scars on him and we’ve started it. We’re voting for our people here. Now you have told us you’re doing anti-party. We’ll show you what anti party is. Already, we’ve caught them red- handed.