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Rivers Labour Party guber candidate condemns state of emergency plans

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By Amaechi Okonkwo, Port Harcourt

The governorship candidate of the Labour Party, LP in the 2019 governorship election in Rivers State, Chief Isaac Wonwu has condemned alleged plots by some unidentified Abuja-based citizens of the state to instigate the declaration of state of emergency in Rivers State.

In a statement made available to Nigeria Tribune in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Chief Wonwu, described the plan as a baseless action, describing the people behind it as enemies of the state.

The statement read in part, “Our attention has been drawn to the speculated state of emergency to be declared in Rivers State. We condemn such baseless actions, considering such people behind it as enemies of the state”.

He used the opportunity to call on Governor Wike to review the lockdown in the state and “appoint  a think tank committee that will marshal a developmental plan for the state and to look inward on post covid-19 pandemic with a view to sustaining the economy of Rivers State”.

“We equally appeal to the governor to show some diplomacy in working with the federal government,” Chief Wonwu added.

Meanwhile, former Publicity Secretary of the Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chris Finebone has described the government’s claim as cock and bull story.

Reacting to the claim in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Finebone queried; “Which Rivers person or resident is excited and interested in that kind of story?

“If the government understands statecraft, they should be speaking to the people who are confused as to whether the lockdown is subsisting or not. The governor has not been seen since Sunday only for government to come out with a watery release alleging some plot”.

He added: “The people are not interested in such obsolete and anachronistic style of politics. The people desire governance as they struggle to survive under a visionless lockdown. Let’s move away from panic measures and become more strategic and clear-headed with the fight against coronavirus”.

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