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Rival APC faction in Rivers State counters call for ‘State of Emergency’

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By Ignatius Chukwu

Few hours after calls for a state of emergency in Rivers State by the caretaker committee of the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a rival faction in the same party has countered the call.

 Tony Okocha, CTC chairman of the opposition party in the state had said the state was at war and that only the deployment of military troops could resolve the situation. 

Countering the call, Darlington Nwauju, the publicity secretary of the elected executives of the APC in the state said state of emergency cannot be the solution to the crisis. 

He rather said his attention was drawn to the address June 19, 2024, by those he said were parading themselves as caretaker committee members of the APC in Rivers State demanding for a declaration of ‘State of Emergency’ in Rivers State. 

He went on: “I wish to quickly inform the people of the State that the APC in Rivers State did not at any point in time hold any meeting amongst its members; or hold consultations amongst its leaders to decide that at this point in time, the best strategy or formula to nip in the bud the brewing political crisis is to demand for a ‘State of Emergency’. 

“There were no such consultations; there were no such meetings, and so it cannot stand as the aggregate opinion of members of the APC across the 390 wards in Rivers State.”

Nwauju said he thus wanted to quickly dispel such a rumour, and dismiss it as unnecessary, as illogical, and as also unpatriotic. “Rivers State must have other means to settle these political issues. 

“Do not forget that due to the strategic role Rivers State plays in the economy of Nigeria, one must be very careful in handling or making suggestions to possible ways and means to manage these challenges. 

“We hope as a political party that peace shall return completely across all the nooks and crannies of our dear Rivers State. So, fermenting troubles or causing confusion is not what the state requires at this point in time. 

Our prayer remains that the God of Heaven shall cause peace that passeth all understanding on Rivers State. May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Okocha and other members of the caretaker committee have received extension of mandate from the national caretaker committee of the party to continue to lead the party in the state. They however reject any claim that there is another faction in the party. 

Nwauju has however continued to claim authority saying their group is the elected executive committee of the party and that there is a court case challenging the legitimacy of the caretaker committee. 

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