The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, has confirmed the arrest of eight members of its legal team by the Police in Port Harcourt Today.
Spokesperson of the party, Darlington Nwauju in a statement said the lawyers were in Port Harcourt to begin its petition at the election tribunal on Monday
He said three support staff and five lawyers were arrested, and are currently being detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department.
He warned the Police to stop the open display of partisanship which was brought to the fore on the 25th February and 18th March 2023
Part of his statement reads,
The All Progressives Congress party in Rivers State has intercepted very credible intelligence of plots by Police authorities in Rivers State, principally coordinated by a few tactical teams under the command (e.g. C4i unit, etc), to begin a manhunt for members of the APC in Rivers State, especially our House of Assembly candidates who are determined to reclaim their mandates through Constitutional means in order to frustrate the push to reclaim these stolen mandates at the Election Petitions Tribunal (EPT).
This latest strategy is, to say the least, emblematic of the serial illegality, conspiracy, intimidation and harassment that the opposition political parties have had to face and have continued to face under the despotic reign of the outgoing Government.
“We wish to warn Police authorities in Rivers State to stop the open display of partisanship which was brought to the fore on the 25th February and 18th March 2023, when the free will of Rivers people to voluntarily pick their representatives and Governor was scuttled by the INEC and the Nigerian Police Force.