Rivers PDP fumes over arrest of Gov. Fubara loyalists in Abuja

Rivers lawmaker Sokari Goodboy and Ezebunwo Ichemati alleged to be loyalists of Gov. Siminalayi Fubara: Arrested in Abuja.

By Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has condemned the arrest and detention of Hon. Goodboy Sokari, a member representing Ahoada East Constituency in Rivers House of Assembly, and Mr Ezebunwo Ichemati by the Police in Abuja.

Goodboy and Ichemati, said to be loyalists of Rivers governor Siminalayi Fubara were allegedly arrested under the supervision of the Ikwerre local government Council Chairman, Samuel Nwanosike at the Wadata Plaza, PDP National Secretariat on Thursday.

However, the Rivers chapter of PDP in a statement issued by Sydney Tambari Gbara, its spokesperson urged the Inspector General of Police to order the release of the detained men without further delay.

Gbara said the arrest was part of plans by enemies of the State to intimidate Fubara’s loyalists to provoke crises that could spill over to Rivers State despite efforts by the Governor to maintain peace in the State.

“The arrest at the Wadata House where party men of timber and calibre from the PDP were meeting to forge unity in the rank and file of the party is another sad and embarrassing experience of unending acts of harassment suffered by PDP members loyal to Governor Fubara.

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“It was unimaginable that associates and supporters of Governors and leaders from other states were cheering their leaders as they arrived at the Wadata House unhindered, those from Rivers who came to identify with Governor Fubara were being harassed, intimidated, arrested and detained by the Police without provocation.

“We have time without number advised the police to remain neutral and not allow themselves to be used by political jobbers to settle political scores, especially those concerning Rivers State”.

The PDP also called on Rivers people, particularly supporters of Governor Fubara to remain strong and unwavering in their commitment to the success of his administration.

Our Correspondent reports there is already a campaign in the various social media platforms calling for the release of the detained men.

As the NEC meeting was going in Abuja, there was a viral video clips on the arrest of the two loyalists.

The Police have not released any statement on the incident and reason for the arrest of the two men at the time of filing this report.

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