The Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi has allegedly barred Nigerian President Jonathan’s party (PDP) from using the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, a state owed stadium. PDP had earlier written to the state government requesting for permission to use the public facility but was flatly denied, citing that the stadium was under maintenance.
According to PDP, the APC had used the facility at least twice in the past for the same political purpose and it is a public facility built by taxpayers’ money, hence not a private premise. Felix Obuah, the state chairman of PDP said this in the following statement:
“The facilities of Rivers State are owned by all of us; all tax-paying people. The Adokiye Amiesiemaka Stadium belongs to Rivers people; Rivers State money was used to build it. It was not meant for the Buhari campaign manager; it is not his personal property. They used it for their own rally and their own celebrations. We have applied to use the place for our rally, come 28th of this month. But the governor, in his act of impunity, has refused us the use of that place.”
The chairman further reiterated that the party will go ahead and use the stadium with or without the approval from the Governor in the coming rally.