Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Rivers ALGON Says It Will Not Work With Felix Obuah,New PDP Chairman

Felix Obuah
The recent court ruling in Abuja which declared Felix Obuah as the new Rivers State Chairman of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) is one that the members of Rivers State Chapter of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) has rejected, saying that he was imposed on them and not democratically elected as the immediate former Chairman of the party, Chief G.U. Ake.

This was made known by members of the executive of ALGON led by its Chairman, Hon. Chimbiko Akarolo, Mayor of Port Harcourt City Local Government Council, during a press briefing in Port Harcourt.
In a release signed by Hon. Chimbiko Akarolo, Barr. Edward Pepple, and Hon. Ojukaye Flagg-Amachree, on behalf of ALGON, Rivers State, stated that “the sack of the duly-elected State executive Council of PDP and the subsequent illegal swearing-in of a group that never contested elections as the new executive members, is the climax of a grand plot calculated and orchestrated by a group of individuals to cause a breakdown of law and order in the State”.

Chimbiko said that the judgement was meant to disrupt the peace and harmony the PDP Rivers State Chapter has enjoined all the while.

“The judiciary has been the hope of the common man, it is embarrassing that despite the validation of the election of the Chief G.U.Ake led executive in the State, the judiciary still went ahead to give a contrary judgement on the same matter just to cause disorder in the State.”

The court decision according to Hon. Akarolo said ALGON has made the party to declare that they will not accept any illegal executive foisted upon them adding that they will not support, recognize or do business with any other State executive council of the PDP except the one duly elected by the party delegate.
The Chairman, however appealed to their teeming supporters and party faithful to remain law abiding and go about their normal business as the “indefensible judgment” has already been appealed against at the Court of Appeal.

It will be recalled that the earlier judgment that confirmed the Chief G.U. Ake led executive council as the legitimate and duly elected State executive council of PDP in the State is still subsisting.
In a vote of thanks, Hon. Maureen Tamuno, Chairman of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area said that “journalists are seen  to be telling the truth and that they should tell the truth of the matter.”

According to her, “the judiciary is the hope for the Rivers common man, but with what we saw the day before yesterday, we need to do a rethink. We have always relied on the media in Rivers State by reporting what you have seen and what you have heard.”

She urged the media men to “report the truth and let the truth be told,” she finished.

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