Punch reports that All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain and former director-general of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has urged for federal government intervention in the political turmoil in Rivers State. Peterside voiced worry that the nation is slowly devolving into anarchy and emphasized that political objectives are sabotaging peace and progress at the expense of the people.……CONTINUE READING>>>
In a statement, Peterside highlighted key issues contributing to the state’s instability, including the defection of 27 lawmakers from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC and the demolition of the State House of Assembly. He criticized these actions as a mockery of democracy and an assault on democratic principles. Peterside condemned the selfish political agenda and narrow interests of a few individuals, asserting that the peace, stability, and development of Rivers State are being sacrificed. He described the situation as a “shameful state of anomie” and expressed disappointment in the disregard for democratic values.
The APC chieftain called on President Bola Tinubu to intervene, emphasizing that as a statesman, Tinubu cannot afford to watch the destruction of the state and its democratic institutions. Peterside urged the President to prioritize the interests of the state and its citizens over any other consideration. He appealed to the people of Rivers State, especially elders and youths, to resist destructive politics and embrace governance focused on good governance and inclusive development. Peterside warned of the potential consequences of allowing the politics of destruction and personality cults to prevail.
Peterside said; “I appeal to all genuine elders and well-meaning youths of the state to oppose the politics of destruction and personality cults. We should be in favour of politics of good governance and inclusive development.”
In a separate development, the Rivers State House of Assembly was demolished, with the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Joseph Johnson, stating that the facility was unfit for legislation following a fire in October. Governor Siminalayi Fubara presented the 2024 Appropriation Bill to five members of the state House of Assembly loyal to him after the demolition..…CONTINUE.FULL.READING>>>