By Philips Sunday
Rivers, (AN24) – The All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike of gathering arms ahead of Saturday, November 10 legislative re-run election in the state.
The ruling party made this allegation through a statement issued by its National Secretary, Mai Buni.
The APC also alleged that Wike’s recent assassination claim was false, adding that his 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.
Speaking further, Buni advised security agents to begin investigation into the allegation.
According to him, “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.” He added.