The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday alleged that the State Governor, Nyesom Wike is an ally of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The state arm of the party said since the proscription of the pro-Biafra group, Wike has been “feeling vulnerable, disorientated and very bitter especially at the Army.”
However, the party said the alarm was part of a “well-articulated strategy by the Gov Wike-led Rivers State Government to ridicule, humiliate, intimidate and demoralise the Nigerian Army, SARS and other security agencies ahead of the 2019 elections.”
Condemning the, “war of attrition being levied by Gov. Wike and his government against security agencies in Rivers State,” the party reiterated the stance of the “Nigerian Army that it was not conducting any medical outreach in the Niger Delta generally and Port Harcourt particularly.”
The statement signed by the party’s State Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone and sent to DAILY POST reads, “The All Progressives Congress, APC, Rivers State Chapter, is utterly dismayed that emerging facts being made available to the party indicate that the Nigerian Army vaccine scare that was promoted on radio and social media earlier today (Tuesday) by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Barr. Emma Okah, is part of a well-articulated strategy by the Gov. Wike-led Rivers State Government to ridicule, humiliate, intimidate and demoralize the Nigerian Army, SARS and other security agencies ahead of the 2019 elections.
“While the APC cannot speak for the police or other security agencies, it behoves on us and indeed other well-meaning Rivers people to vehemently condemn the war of attrition being levied by Gov. Wike and his government against security agencies in Rivers State.
“The fact is that the Army has made a press release re-stating that it was not conducting any medical outreach in the Niger Delta generally and Port Harcourt particularly. Independent investigations also revealed that the Nigerian Army troops were nowhere close to any school in Rivers State to carry out any medical programme of any sort despite the false alarm activated by the Rivers State Government.
“The APC insists that Gov. Nyesom Wike and the PDP in Rivers State must take responsibility for any untoward outcome that may result from the needless panic mode they have forced innocent people and residents of Rivers State into today. They must accept responsibility for the politically-motivated fake news they activated in the State today and the attendant confusion it has caused law-abiding citizens.
“Particularly, the Army and other agencies should realise that the dance the Rivers State Government performed today by creating a hoax to discredit the Nigerian Army is a clear manifestation of the frustration that the governor and his government have inflicted on themselves since their major ally (Indigenous People of Biafra – IPOB) was proscribed. They have since been feeling vulnerable, disorientated and very bitter especially at the Army. The unnecessary animosity by the Wike government towards the Army does not represent the feelings of well-meaning Rivers people.