APC And Its Candidates Not Involved In INEC Matters...Gov. Wike's Accusation Figment Of His Imagination
The attention of the Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, has been drawn to an accusation by the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike that the APC is contemplating rigging the March 19 rerun elections in Rivers State, an accusation he made when the Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Ndowa Lale and the management of the university paid him a courtesy call in Government House Port Harcourt Tuesday.
To say the least, this is the most callous and mischievous lie of the Century. It is important that we reveal here that this is a smokescreen by the governor to conceal his attempts to repeat what he did in 2015 which he is trying so hard to repeat without success so far and the APC is monitoring his antics closely. Some of those in that audience who knew what the governor has been trying to do must have really been amused at his accusation against the APC.
The APC wishes to categorically state that the party and its members do not believe and therefore are not involved in any process or action that tend to compromise the electoral process, not the least the forthcoming rerun elections scheduled for March 19, 2016 in Rivers State. We believe that the management of the University of Port Harcourt is responsible enough not to get involved in the kind of contrivance that Gov. Nyesom Wike made.
Again, it is important to re-state here that Dr. Dawari George is the APC candidate for Akuku-Toru/Asari-Toru Federal Constituency in the forthcoming rerun elections and does not work in INEC. It is also important to state that Prof. Otu Ekpenyong whom the governor maligned in his statement is the same Prof. Otu Ekpenyong who, as a returning officer, returned Senator George Thompson Sekibo as elected Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the past. If the governor remembered this perhaps he would have had a second thought before his reckless accusation against the Professor and others.
The APC notes with consternation that Gov. Nyesom Wike is suddenly picking on any and every imaginable persons and institutions for bashing because of the March 19 rerun elections. Yesterday it was INEC, next was security agents especially the Nigerian Army. Today it is the University of Port Harcourt. Tomorrow it may be market women that will come under the hammer of the governor, who knows.
The All Progressives Congress would like to advise Gov. Nyesom Wike to strive to overcome the things that habit his subconscious as a result of what he did in the past to gain power, and if he does, he will discover that he need not look to the stars for the solution to his problems. He is the architect of his own fears.
State Publicity Secretary
Wed, March 2, 2016