Despite the decision to ignore the barrage of worthless statements by Gov. Nyesom Wike in the past weeks concerning the December 10 rerun election in Rivers State, the State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) however, has observed that the governor seems to have particularly taken interest in scrutinising precautionary personal security arrangements by APC candidates as the rerun elections approach.
The above observation is contained in a statement signed and issued today by the Rivers State APC Chairman, Chief Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, JP
It reads: “To drive home his needless hysteria, Gov. Wike has gone to town reeling out names of alleged security agents protecting APC candidates claiming that the security agents will be used to cause electoral mischief particularly for snatching of ballot boxes. The governor’s verbal incontinence in the past two weeks has led to several people wondering aloud publicly whether the governor truly understands what the office of a governor in Nigeria means.
“The APC finds this matter quite worrisome because ordinarily the governor should not be bothered by security arrangements people make for themselves in the face of general insecurity that presently pervades our once peaceful state now under his watch. It is all too well known that he lacks the moral grounds to genuinely fight insecurity having caused it ab initio. It is highly suspicious that a governor will climb a political soapbox and start reeling out names of security agents attached to his political opponents. The easiest thing that comes to mind is that Gov. Wike has very sinister motives for seeking to always ascertain the security architecture around his opponents. Why does he always complain whenever it appears that his opponents are not as vulnerable as he would want them to be security-wise?
“The APC gave up on Gov. Wike when he recently declared before the world in one of his infamous exercise of verbal indiscretion that he is the “the King of rigging” and swearing: “make thunder fire all these APC people.” Even if we are no more shocked by Gov Wike’s circus show, we only ask what manner of governor is this. How did we get here?
“A couple of days ago, Gov. Wike boasted about a recording in his possession in which the Rivers State Police Commissioner was planning with APC to rig the rerun elections. Today, he said that he also has information on the Inspector-General of Police planning how to deploy policemen to rig the elections. Tomorrow, we do not know the next scoop the governor will boast of as a superman of politics and everything.
“The APC condemns the continued blackmail of all stakeholders except himself and PDP in the forthcoming rerun elections. We remind Gov. Wike that immunity in public office has expiry date. The DSS D-G recently disclosed that the Service will surely come for Gov. Wike whenever he leaves office for obstructing the lawful action of arresting and investigating a suspected high court judge. It is certain that there are many issues he will have to be made to account for someday.
“The APC calls on the Inspector-General of Police, The Director-General, DSS and other security agencies to hold Gov Nyesom Wike responsible for any harm that happens to any APC candidate or member before, during and after the December 10 rerun elections.”