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PDP Uncovers Amaechi's Plots To Induce Students To Protest Against NJC

By Rivers PDP
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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State Chapter, says its attention has been drawn to clandestine moves by the Rivers State Government through the office of the Chief of Staff and the Special Adviser on students Affairs to the Governor, to sponsor members of the National Union of Rivers State Students, NURSS, to protest against the National Judicial Council decision regarding the appointment of Chief Judge of Rivers State.

The PDP is sufficiently aware of the Governor's contact with the students, offering them Two hundred million naira as financial inducement for the NURSS members to embark on the ill-conceived protest. The PDP appeals to the students to remain resolute and to prove to the Governor and his agents that they cannot be bribed to allow themselves to be used against their conscience or be partakers in the obstruction of administration of justice and deliberate destruction of Rivers State Judiciary, which is the hope of the common man.

Describing such action by the Governor as unfortunate, unhealthy and aimed at corrupting the minds of the students, the Party observes that it is an exposition of the state of frustration the Governor and the APC leadership have attained.

The PDP wonders why innocent students would be pressured to be involved in purely judicial issue which needed not to be politicized by the governor and the APC, saying rather than forcing and deceiving the students into protesting ignorantly and under intimidation, the Rivers State Government ought to educate the students on the true situation of the current development in the State.

The PDP also reminds the students of their plights in the hands of the Amaechi led government on issues of neglect and denial of their bursary payment for several years, the non- functioning of various secretariats of the NURSS as a result of lack of support and recognition by the Governor. Why didn't the Governor use such fund to complement the students' bursary?

The PDP, therefore, reiterates its unflinching commitment to ensuring better future for the students and other youths as not only leaders of tomorrow but those whose contributions and partnership are indispensable in the governance of our dear State.

The PDP again calls on the security agencies and the international community to hold Governor Amaechi and the APC leadership culpable for the breakdown of law and order in the State, as the series of their actions portend great danger in our dear State.

Jerry Needam
Special Adviser, on Media to
State PDP Chairman, Bro. Felix Obuah
Monday, June 16, 2014