The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that, the alleged refusal of Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, to cooperate with the Panel set up by Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris to investigate the violence that marred the December 10 legislative rerun elections in the state is a bad omen.
In a statement sent to The SUPREME, by the Senior Special Assistant SSA Media and Public Affairs to the State Chairman, APC Rivers State, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, “this is a direct affront on Federal powers and should be swiftly met with appropriate response by those whose authority he is challenging so as not to embolden others to follow his dangerous example,”
The party in a statement issued on Wednesday in Port Harcourt expressed dismay that Wike has the effrontery to set up a parallel Commission of Enquiry on the rerun elections. “By so doing, Wike has clearly crossed the line and should be put in his proper place by the Federal Government whose powers he is brazenly challenging,” Rivers APC said in the statement signed by the State Chairman, Chief (Dr.) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.
Continuing, it said: “As much as we respect Hon. Justice Chinwendu Nwogu, we pray and hope that by accepting to chair the commission, he will not end up allowing Wike to ridicule his hard-earned reputation. The truth is that, if the commission is to be taken seriously, it should indict both Wike and the State PDP Chairman, Bro. Felix Obuah, for their belligerent acts that fueled violence during the rerun polls.
We wish to caution all and sundry that Wike’s recent boast that no force even God can remove him from office shouldn’t be taken on its face value as this is one of his strategies to embark on another act of hooliganism and mayhem in Rivers State knowing very well that nobody or agency can call him to order.
“We will like to state that Wike’s unreasonable antagonism against the present Federal Government under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari for reasons best known to him, and for him to sponsor attacks against agencies of the Federal Government, is irresponsibility taken too far, which must be condemned by all and sundry. We have shouted ourselves hoarse that Wike is a threat to the current democracy in our country but it seems that nobody wants to take us seriously. We wish to reiterate once again that the continued treatment of Wike’s excesses with kid gloves is a bad omen which should be decisively checked before it plunges this country into avoidable chaos.”
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