LAGOS: THE All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged a plot by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to ridicule traditional rulers in Rivers State when President Goodluck Jonathan visits the state.
The incumbent was expected to hold a campaign rally in Port Harcourtlater on Wednesday.
Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, Rivers APC Chairman, said it had come to the party’s knowledge that Rivers PDP under the leadership of Nyesome Wike had written to traditional rulers in the state, directing them that the Presidency had requested them to report at the Port Harcourt International Airport on Wednesday to receive President Jonathan.
“This is false as no Presidency has made such a declaration or request. We understand that the traditional rulers will be made to move from there to the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium for the President’s rally so as to give the impression that they are supporting his re-election bid.
“This is not only condemnable and immoral but also wicked, deceitful and unacceptable,” said Ikanya.
He described the plot as “mischief of the highest order”, pointing out that in all the states where President Jonathan had so far campaigned, there was never a case in which traditional rulers were made to wait and receive him at the airport or to attend such rallies.
“It is a pity that Mr President could allow his party in Rivers State to debase our traditional institution in this manner while he accords respect to traditional rulers in other states by paying them courtesy calls at their palaces.”
SOURCE: CAJ News Agency