Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has withdrawn a permit earlier issued to the Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which sanctioned the use of Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium for a campaign rally scheduled for February 11.
The permission was revoked in a letter addressed to the director general of the PCC, Aminu Tambuwal, by the Rivers state government through its commissioner for youths and sports, Christopher Green.
Mr Green explained in the letter that the permission was revoked due to a reported synergy between the PCC and a faction of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Tonye Patrick Cole, because of the latter’s antecedent of violence.
“Credible intelligence available to the Government of Rivers State and recent developments now show that your Presidential Campaign Organization is working in collaboration and in-cahoots with a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State led by Tonye Patrick Cole and that it is the intention of your Presidential Campaign Organization to accommodate and share the approved facility for your campaign with the said faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Government records show that the activities of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State have always been marred by violence due largely to irreconcilable internal conflicts within the party including shootings and killings in the course of protests arising from the nomination process of delegates for primaries (Sahara Reporters, May 18, 2022) and detonation of explosives in the course of Campaigns (Explosion recks APC Campaign in Rivers – Thisdaylive.com, 20 January, 2023), see also Punch Newspaper of 26* May, 2022,” the letter read.