Rivers State Government, South-South Nigeria, has withdrawn the approval earlier granted to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for its Presidential Campaign earlier slated for 11th of February, 2023.
Gatekeepers news reports that the approval was revoked in a letter signed by the commissioner of Sports, Christopher Green.
The letter was addressed to the Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Aminu Tambuwal.
The letter read in part, “Refer to our letter reference no. MOS/C/409/S.49//15 of 11′ January, 2023 approving the use of the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium for vour Presidential Campaign Rally scheduled to hold on the 11″ day of February, 2023.
“Credible intelligence available to the Government of Rivers State and recent developments now show that your Presidential Campaign Organization is working in collaboration and in-cohoots with a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State led by Tone Patrick Cole and that it is the intention of your Presidential Campaign Organization to accommodate and share the approved facility for your campaign with the said faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Government records show that the activities of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State have always been marred by violence due largely to irreconcilabie internal conflicts within the party including shootings and killings in the course of protests arising from the nomination process of deiegates for primaries (Sahara Reporters, May 18, 2022) and detonation of explosives in the course of Campaigns (Explosion recks APC Campaign in Rivers – Thisdaylive.com, 20 January, 2023), see also Funch Newspaper of 26′” May, 2022.
“The Rivers state Government is unable to risk damage to or destruction of the very valuable and priced asset, the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium which your use of the same in collaboration with your Tone Patrick Cole APC faction will definitely expose it to.
“in the circumstance, the Rivers State Government has come to the painful but inevitable decision to withdraw the approval earlier given to you for the use of the stadium and the said approval is hereby withdrawn.
“Accept the assurances of our esteemed regards.”