The Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers has raised the alarm over alleged harassment of its members by the army, alleging a reign of terror on residents of the state.
In a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the PDP Chairman in Rivers, Jerry Needam, the party said its members across the state lived in fear as soldiers had been invading homes, raiding vehicles and molesting their supporters.
Describing the action of the military as an affront to people’s dignity, the party said that such open harassment and intimidation of people of the state, particularly PDP members, for whatever reason was crude, barbaric and uncivilised.
The statement said, “PDP members are being haunted and hounded by soldiers. This is happening simultaneously in all the major roads in the state.
“On all the roads leading to Ogoni, Andoni and Opobo, Ikwerre, Kalabari, Ahoada and Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, passengers are being searched and any person spotted to belong to the PDP is brought down, beaten and tortured.”
The party added that vehicles conveying sensitive voting materials were being hijacked by soldiers along the aforementioned roads, accusing the faction of the All Progressives Congress loyal to Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, of masterminding the attacks on their supporters in a bid to disrupt the governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.
“This unwholesome military/APC conspiracy goes to vindicate our position that the APC-led Federal Government is not ready for the elections.
“No amount of intimidation would diminish the resolve of Rivers people to re-elect Governor Nyesom Wike for a second term in office.
“We appeal to the Chief of Army Staff of Army Staff, General Officer Commanding, 6 Division of the Nigerian Army and the Inspector-General of Police to prevail on the security apparatuses in the state as well as INEC to ensure that the elections are free, fair and credible,” the statement added.