RSG Hires Impostors To Testify Against PDP Members
It has come to the knowledge of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members seeking true democratic practice in Rivers State that the State government is making moves to hire impostors, who are primarily thugs and cultists to testify against those faithful members of the party who were arrested by the police in the State acting on the orders of Governor Rotimi Amaechi and are now being prosecuted in the courts.
There are moves also to plant guns in their houses and tender those guns in court with the claim that they were recovered from them.
This grand but malicious plot by a government which is meant to protect the just and fight only against the criminal minded has potential to lead Rivers State to an undesirable juncture.
We state unequivocally that the 12 party faithfuls who are now facing Governor Amaechi's “kangaroo” trial were only exercising their democratic right to associate freely among themselves and determine their political future.
Upon their arrest by men of the State Police Command, their houses were thoroughly ransacked in search of any unlawful possessions that could indict them but none was found, hence their initial charges in court for setting up a rival party secretariat and likely to cause a breach of public peace.
These charges have, however been amended by the Rivers State government to now include charges bordering on cultism and illegal possessions of arms, and the RSG is in a grand plot to present hired thugs and cultists to falsely testify in court against the innocent and law-abiding party members.
The party makes bold to state that a democracy in which jungle justice is the order of the day and criminal tendencies and tactics are commonly introduced by those who should emphasize truth in their dealings with the public is not the expectation of today's society and potends great danger for both those who practice the malady and those it is foisted upon.
We, therefore charge the legal personnel involved to make integrity their watch word and ensure that what is delivered at the end of the day is justice that can stand the test of time and receive a smile from posterity.
The prosecution must explain where fresh evidences were adduced from that have warranted the reframing of the charges to now reflect cultism and illegal possession of fire arms, for which these imposters are being lined up to commit “judicial” murder against known and worthy sons and daughters of the State who have served the State in various meritorious capacities before now.
Jerry Needam, JP
PDP, Rivers State