The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, says it has uncovered well-orchestrated plot by some All Progressives Congress, APC politicians of Ogoni extraction to use military helicopters to bomb some parts of Ogoni communities suspected to be hideouts for those perceived to be opposed to their political ambitions.
The PDP said in a desperate move to achieve the unpopular political interest, two APC leaders in the Rivers South-East Senatorial zone, Magnus Abe and Barry Mpigi reportedly held a meeting with top leadership of the party in Abuja, demanding that the Presidency approves the use of military helicopters to bomb areas suspected to have provided cover for certain individuals considered not cooperating with them.
The information has it that the operation will be carried out in the guise of raiding criminal hideouts but the actual motive “is to target and eliminate those perceived to be stumbling blocks to the realization of their political aspiration and victory of the APC in the area”.
A statement by the state chairman of the PDP, Felix Obuah on Tuesday said while “we, as a responsible and law-abiding political party will do nothing to jeopardize the peace and security efforts of government in the State and across the nation, we condemn the reckless, illegal and selfish politically motivated military raids in parts of the State by self-seeking political actors.
“We also condemn the APC politicians using their privileged access and relationship with the federal authorities and government to continue to cause violence and insurrection in parts of the State when there is no need for such action”, the PDP declared.
The PDP also noted that the Police have not failed in their efforts to secure and rid the State of criminals as to warrant the use of military war helicopters, as required in Sambisa Forest or in Afghanistan.
It therefore called on the military authorities to consider the possible colossal effects of such operation in an area where the mess from the February 22 and 23 carnage and the consequences of their deployment during the March 19, 2016 re-run elections in the State are still on ground.
“In our view, using military helicopters in clearing the communities when the situation can still be handled by the Police will do the people of the area no good but would cause more woes and anguish for the people.
“It is also important we draw the attention of President Buhari to the sanctity of lives of innocent and law abiding citizens living around the target areas and the need to protect them and their properties while considering taking such actions,” the PDP concluded.