Former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has revealed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) lost the 2015 governorship election in Rivers State due to internal wrangling and sabotage by some chieftains of the party.
This is as he insisted that Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is aspiring to become the next Vice President of the country in order to escape from being defeated in the 2019 governorship election.
Eze, in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP in Port Harcourt yesterday, said: “APC lost to internal sabotage and wrangling within its fold orchestrated by some chieftains of the party who conspired with external foes to undermine the chances of APC during the gubernatorial election.
“The sabotage was contrived to pave way for Senator Magnus Abe to contest the 2019 gubernatorial election using the platform of APC.”
He stated that the APC governorship candidate in the 2015 election, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peter side, could not have been defeated by then governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and incumbent, Wike.
Eze, who is a chieftain of the APC said: “If not for the internal sabotage against Dr. Dakuku Peterside, who was the gubernatorial candidate of APC during the 2015 general elections, there was no way a candidate like Wike would have defeated a shining star of Rivers State politics like Peterside in a free and fair election as the difference between the two great sons of Rivers State is very glaring and outstanding.
“Not minding that Wike is a deadly political strategist and tactician, but to defeat one of the most educated and highly performing politicians like Peterside who have distinguished himself during his days as the most audacious Commissioner of Works Rivers State ever had.
“He was a member of the seventh National Assembly where he made the difference as the Chairman of the Committee on Petroleum Resources, Downstream of the Federal House of Representatives is unthinkable and unimaginable.
“It is simply unimaginable for Wike to defeat a person like Dr Peterside who has within less than two years made the Maritime Industry in Nigeria the most outstanding in Africa and becoming the first Nigerian to head the maritime industry in Africa.”