The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State is engaged in war of words with the rival All Progressives Congress (APC) over the N300billion libel suit filed against it, its chairman, Chief Felix Obuah and two others by the former GovernorRotimi Amaechi.
Amaechi had last Tuesday dragged the PDP, Obuah, and two others to a Federal Capital Territory High Court over allegation that he stole the sum of $757million or N80billion of Rivers State public funds and stashed them away in an account in his name in Bancorp Bank in Minnesota, United States of America.
But the PDP in a statement issued in Port Harcourt by Jerry Needam, media aide to its state chairman, dared the former governor to go ahead with his threat to file a libel suit on the allegations against it, saying that it would not be deterred by threats of litigation neither will it be intimidated by anybody.
The party said, “The litigation threat is diversionary in the light of shocking revelations, testimonies and discoveries of acts of lawlessness, fraudulent and injudicious spending of state resources by him while in office being witnessed before the Commission of Inquiry into the Sale of Valued Assets of the state by his administration for which he was invited but he refused to appear to defend himself.
But, in its reaction, the APC, in a statement by its publicity secretary, Chris Finebone, reminded the PDP that Amaechi was not threatening to go to court, but had already filed a libel suit before an Abuja High Court, which was widely reported in both local and national media organisations in the country.