The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has given the Governor Amaechi-led government 72 hours to ensure that three members of the party who were kidnapped yesterday are released unhurt.
The abducted men include the Port Harcourt Local Government PDP Chairman, Ikechi Chinda; a former member of the House of Representatives representing Port Harcourt Federal Constituency I, Hon Chinyere Igwe; and Alwell Ihunda.
The Rivers State PDP Chairman, Felix Obuah gave the ultimatum to the government during a news briefing today in Port Harcourt.
Also reacting, the state secretary of the PDP, Hon. Ibibia Walter, attributed the kidnapping to the failure of the Amaechi-led government to provide security of life and property, accusing the government of encouraging an atmosphere of fear and terror in order to hold on to power.
Expressing the same view, Mr. Obuah said that less than two weeks after the deployment of the former Police Commissioner in the State, Mbu Joseph Mbu, the main motive behind the clamour for his removal by Amaechi and his cohorts was manifest, as Rivers State never recorded any high-calibre kidnap throughout Mbu’s tenure.
He warned that if the abducted party members were not released, the PDP would mobilize the entire people of Rivers to embark on “the mother of all protests,” describing the situation as “unfortunate and unacceptable.”
Mr. Obuah recalled that last week, a staunch member of the PDP was murdered in cold blood in Ibaa in Emohua Local Government Area of the State.
As of the time of this report, no contact had been made by the kidnappers.
Efforts to obtain a comment from the Commissioner of Police about the matter have also been unproductive.