The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday asked the Police to immediately unseal the local councils currently under locks and keys in Rivers State.

PDP said action by the Police preventing caretaker committees appointed for the local government councils from assuming duties was unconstitutional.

It also described the action by the Police as reprehensible, abuse of power and brazen show of partisanship.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh in a statement on Friday described the police action as an affront to the ruling of the High Court, which Thursday dissolved the 22 local government councils unlawfully imposed by the immediate past administration in the state and upon which the caretaker committees were appointed by Governor Nyesom Wike.


The party said “it was curious that the police allowed the dissolution of local government councils and appointment of caretaker committees in APC controlled Plateau and Kaduna states, even when they were without the orders of the court but elected to clamp down on that of Rivers State, which came as a result of judicial pronouncement.”

“It therefore charged the Inspector General of Police to come out clean on the matter and assure the nation of the non-partisanship of the police by ordering the immediate unsealing of the councils.

The party said Nigerians and the international community should note the development, which “Is a yet another clear indication that the Nigerian police may have become a partisan and compromised instrument in the hands of the APC federal government to destabilize PDP controlled states, particularly Rivers State.