Rivers State Lawmaker Arrested Outside PDP Meeting, Supporters Threaten Protest

Rivers lawmaker Sokari Goodboy, a Fubara loyalist, allegedly arrested outside PDP NEC meeting in Abuja, sparking protests and calls for his release amid political tensions in Rivers State.

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Rivers State Lawmaker Arrested Outside PDP Meeting, Supporters Threaten Protest

Rivers State Lawmaker Arrested Outside PDP Meeting, Supporters Threaten Protest

Sokari Goodboy, a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly and a loyalist of Governor Siminalayi Fubara, was allegedly arrested by police outside the venue of the Peoples Democratic Party National Executive Committee (PDP NEC) meeting in Abuja on Thursday. Goodboy's supporters, including members of the 'Simplified Movement' of the PDP in Ahoada West LGA, have accused the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, of orchestrating the arrest.

The supporters have issued a 24-hour ultimatum for Goodboy's immediate release, warning of a peaceful protest in Abuja if their demand is not met. They have also called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to intervene and ensure Goodboy's release, as they believe he committed no crime to warrant his arrest. The supporters have cautioned that failure to release Goodboy could lead to legal action, and have urged the Inspector General of Police to investigate the incident and punish those responsible.

According to reports, another loyalist of Governor Fubara, a chieftain of the PDP in Rivers State identified as Ezebunwo Ichemati, was also arrested alongside Goodboy outside the PDP NEC meeting venue. A lady claiming to be a member of Fubara's media team stated that the arrests were ordered by a Local Government chairman in Rivers State, who also allegedly attacked Ezebunwo and tore his shirt. The media team member said they don't know why the two men were being arrested.

Why this matters: The incident highlights the ongoing political tensions in Rivers State, with Governor Fubara's loyalists facing arrests and accusations of involvement in the governor's political disputes. The arrests and threats of protest by Goodboy's supporters could escalate tensions and potentially lead to further unrest in the state.

The incident has drawn attention to the political rivalries and power struggles within the PDP in Rivers State. Goodboy's kinsmen have demanded his immediate release, accusing FCT Minister Nyesom Wike of being behind the arrest. They have threatened to stage protests if Goodboy is not freed within 24 hours and have called on President Tinubu and the police to intervene in the matter. The arrests of Fubara's loyalists outside the PDP NEC meeting venue underscore the deep divisions and conflicts plaguing the party in Rivers State.

Key Takeaways

  • Rivers lawmaker Sokari Goodboy arrested outside PDP NEC meeting in Abuja, supporters demand release.
  • Goodboy's supporters accuse Rivers FCT Minister Nyesom Wike of orchestrating the arrest, threaten protest.
  • Another Fubara loyalist, Ezebunwo Ichemati, also arrested alongside Goodboy outside PDP NEC venue.
  • Arrests highlight ongoing political tensions and power struggles within PDP in Rivers State.
  • Supporters call on President Tinubu and police to intervene and ensure Goodboy's immediate release.