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APC to Wike: You can’t speak for Rivers people

By Obinna Nwaoku, Port Harcourt
17 September 2022   |   4:06 am
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has described comments credited to the State Governor, Nyesom Wike, saying, “Rivers people will not waste their votes on the opposition especially the APC”, as another face-saving strategy.

[FILES] Nyesom Wike

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has described comments credited to the State Governor, Nyesom Wike, saying, “Rivers people will not waste their votes on the opposition especially the APC”, as another face-saving strategy.

APC, in a statement issued to newsmen in Port Harcourt, yesterday, advised the governor to rather deal with sycophants lurking around him for crumbs than dwell in the illusion that he controls the minds of all Rivers voters.

The State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Darlington Nwauju, in the statement, said: “Rivers people are tired of the lack of accountability, disrespect for elders and our traditional chieftaincy institution as well as the quasi-military style of governance of the state in the past seven years, and shall therefore respond appropriately by rejecting the PDP next year.

“The governor should face the reality of the fact that those hanging around him are only waiting to pick their meal tickets before they dump him ahead of the February 2023 general election, as he is still in the illusory mode that he can control the minds of all Rivers voters.”

“We feel thoroughly embarrassed that our governor thinks he could dictate to Rivers people against their free will and liberty which are at the very heart of every true democracy. How does Governor Wike intend to conjure the powers to command everybody in Rivers State to vote for his party? Was it not in this same state that members of his own party were arrested and charged to court on trumped-up charges for protesting against the imposition of candidates during his party’s primaries?”

Nwauju, however, called on Rivers people to be vigilant to protect their votes against plans to scuttle the election process.

“We call on Rivers people to be vigilant as the governor’s consistent boast of delivering Rivers votes en bloc may not be unconnected to the complaints by the electoral umpire, INEC of ceaseless hack-attacks on the Commission’s server,” he added.