The National leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike of stockpiling arms ahead of the Saturday’s legislative re-run election in the state.
The party, in a statement signed by its National Secretary, Mai Buni, advised security agents to begin investigation into the allegation.The party also alleged that Wike’s recent assassination claim was false.
It said the governor’s allegation was a diversionary tactic to sway the attention of the public and security agents from his plot to cause unrest during the re-run election.
Buni claimed that Wike’s assassination claim was borne out of the fact that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, knows that it will lose the Saturday’s election.
According to Buni, “The All Progressives Congress (APC) alerts security agencies on reports of a massive arms build-up by the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration in the build up to the December 10, 2016 legislative re-run elections in the State.
“The report by the Rivers State government and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleging the withdrawal of Wike’s security aides and an assassination threat on the Governor is a hoax meant to deflect attention from the reports of an arms buildup and other sinister plots the Wike-led PDP administration plans to execute on election day.
“Nobody is after Wike. The governor and the PDP’s diversionary and false alarm is hinged on the reality that they will lose the legislative re-run elections once security is tightened in Rivers State.
Again, the PDP and the Rivers State Governor are haunted by their horrible past misdeeds. Nigerians recall how Wike, then a PDP Minister used federal institutions to harass, intimidate and threaten the life of perceived political enemies particularly Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who was then governor of Rivers State. Under Wike’s watch, political thugs and criminal gangs have continued to kill and maim APC members and innocent citizens in Rivers State.
“The President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration has successively demonstrated the will to ensure that all elections are free, transparent and credible. Saturday’s legislative re-run elections in Rivers will not be different. The administration does not subscribe to such evil machinations where government institutions are used to achieve political ends.
“The APC hereby calls on security agencies to investigate the report of an arms build-up and be on high alert over the security situation in Rivers State under Wike’s watch and by extension the PDP in the lead-up to the Rivers legislative re-run election. Wike’s criminal gangs and PDP thugs must not be allowed to steal the votes of the Rivers electorate on Saturday.”