Wike Identifies Workers’ Day Revolt As Warning To Apc
BEVERLY HILLS, May 04, (THEWILL) – Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has stated the Workers' Day revolt at the Eagle Square is a warning to the All Progressives Congress, APC- Federal Government that Nigerians are tired of needless propaganda, lies and poor performance.
He advised the government to heed the warning of the workers, retrace its steps and stop the lies, intimidation and anti-democratic steps which are overheating the polity.
THEWILL recalls that the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, at the May Day event at Eagle’s Square, was booed off the stage by the workers who were protesting poor remuneration by the federal government.
The protest began when the minister asked the permanent secretary in the ministry of labour, Biola Bawa, to deliver his speech, since he will be delivering the President's speech later.
But the workers would not to listen to the permanent secretary and after all efforts to address the audience proved abortive, Bawa left the podium.
Ngige subsequently came forward to address the workers but they kept booing him until he left the scene.
Reacting in an interview with African Independent Television in Abuja, Wike said the Workers’ Day revolt in Abuja, “is a signal for them to be careful. Don't take the people for a ride. It is a warning to security agencies who are used to kill, intimidate opponents and rig elections.
“People are tired. People are impatient with the blackmail and deceit of the APC. Enough is enough with the unnecessary propaganda. The patience of Nigerians is running out. What happened at the Eagle Square is a warning,” he added.
The PDP governor regretted that the APC-led Federal Government had spent time planting weapons and monies in the homes of opposition politicians, mainly to distract Nigerians rather than focus on fulfilling its campaign promises.
He went on to describe the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, as a politician in uniform, adding that the move by the police to plant weapons and money in his Abuja residence amounts to a coup against an elected state governor.
He said the motive behind the plot by the IGP to plant weapons and money in his Abuja residence was to embarrass him and create doubts on the credible information he gave Nigerians.
The governor stated that the ruling APC was using the police chief to deliberately create crisis in the state in order to declare a state of emergency in the state.
According to him, “He (Idris) wants the state to be pulled down, so that they will engender crisis and declare a state of emergency.
“I will always stand against injustice, impunity and intimidation in this country. It doesn't matter what it costs me.”