Erstwhile director-general of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has accused Rivers State Government officials of fueling the crisis in the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Speaking against the background of the Tuesday court judgment that saw the recognition of Igo Aguma as chairman of the state chapter of the party.
The court pronouncement brought the number of factions in the state chapter of the party to three. While the mainstream is led by minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, two breakaways led by Aguma and Senator Magnus Abe broke away from the Amaechi tendency.
Speaking to newsmen following the court judgment, he stressed that the court in its wisdom in both cases granted all reliefs sought by the claimants including reliefs not sought.
According to him, “It is true that lately, we are facing a lot of challenges, some of which are caused by the interference of non-party members in government, who want to see the party in comatose to their advantage and against the interest of Rivers State but I am confident that as a party we shall overcome.
“I acknowledge that there is no easy path to victory and even God did not promise us an easy path but what the Almighty assured us is the ultimate victory.
“I urge all true members of APC under the leadership of Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi not to despair nor be discouraged but continue to have abiding faith in God and our democratic institutions to restore the glory of our party, which will take over the leadership of the state and restore sanity in governance.
“No amount of gang-up or manipulation of institutions by enemies of APC and Rivers State will succeed because they do not have the support of God of justice and moral force of the law behind them.
“I am confident that the Appeal Court will correct the miscarriage of justice witnessed today. Our lawyers upon instructions of leadership have already filed an appeal and motions for stay of execution immediately after the judgments were delivered.
“I wish to personally appeal to all our people to remain calm as we seek solutions within the confines of the law and through other credible political means to resolve some of our genuine challenges.”