Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are engulfed in a verbal war over the ward congress of the APC slated to hold tomorrow, Saturday, May 5, 2018, across the state.
While the governor has insisted that the APC is using operatives of the Special Anti-Roberry Squad (SARS) and military personnel to cause rancour in the state ahead of the ward congress, the APC leadership said it has uncovered plot by Wike to destabilise the already scheduled congress.
Addressing retired military and para-military officers of Ogoni extraction, who visited him in the Government House Port Harcourt today, Wike, said the use of SARS and military personnel in the exercise has vindicated the state government.
The governor stated that the series of statements released by APC stakeholders on the illegal activities of SARS personnel in the course of their forthcoming congress should draw the attention of all well-meaning lovers of democracy.
He said if security agencies can be negatively used during a party congress, Nigerians should expect electoral mischief, masterminded by security agencies in 2019.
Wike said, “In an ordinary party congress, over a platoon of soldiers and more than 200 SARS personnel have been handed over to one man. If these operatives protect just one man, while other communities are left without protection.
“Even the notorious election rigger, SARS Commander Akin Fakorede is operating without check because he has the support of the Police High Command.”
But, the APC, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt today, said it has uncovered plan by the governor and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to destabilise its ward congress,
Chairman of APC in the state, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, in a statement said a group sponsored by Wike and the PDP to carry out the plot have some APC members working for them.
The statement reads in part, “The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has uncovered plan by a group sponsored by Governor Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to destabilise Saturday’s APC Congresses in Rivers State. The group which is suspected to have some members of APC in their fold have already gone to work.
“Information unearthed by the APC confirm that the group collected huge sum of money from the governor with the sole purpose of discrediting the congresses through wild allegations against leaders of the party especially the leader of the party in Rivers State and Honourable Minister for Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and the State Chairman, Chief (Dr.) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, amongst others.
“Details of the plan seem to have been rolled out already as the group has gone on air to accuse the Minister of hijacking materials for the congresses, an accusation that exposes the ignorance of the group and makes absolutely no sense at all.
“Whereas the APC is working hard to fully expose the full dimension of the plot and the evil people that are hell-bent on destabilising our party congresses, we urge party faithful and the general public to ignore the well-known antics of Governor Wike, the PDP and their collaborators within and outside the APC who have sold their souls to blood money,” he said.
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