May 12, 2016

2019: We won’t join issues with Wike —APC

By Omeiza Ajayi

ABUJA—Incensed by reports attributed to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State that his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would return to power at the centre in 2019, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said it would not react to such “idle postulations.”

In a statement issued in Abuja, yesterday, National Secretary of the party, Mai Mala Buni, said the governor’s utterances were a failed ploy to divert attention from the series of politically-motivated killings in the state.

“The national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in reacting to the idle 2019 postulations of the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, caution security agencies and Nigerians not to be hoodwinked by this latest ploy to deflect attention from the continued and increased spate of mass killings and violence in the state.


“In monitored media reports, Nyesom Wike stated in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Tuesday, that the PDP is currently being re-organised to takeover the seat of power in 2019.

“The spate of killings in Rivers State has now assumed genocidal dimensions with horrendous killing and maiming of residents and security personnel almost on a daily basis.

“On Monday, five mobile policemen, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr. Nasiru Halidu, were ambushed and killed at Okobe in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.

‘’On Tuesday, five persons were killed and scores injured in attacks in different parts of the state. The state High Court premises in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, also came under attack.

“Clearly, Rivers State has been transformed into a killing field. The APC calls on the Police and other security agencies to, as a matter of urgency, rise to stop the breakdown of law and order which has resulted in mass killings and other forms of violence in Rivers State,” he said.

According to the APC scribe, rather than joining issues with Nyesom Wike’s idle 2019 postulations, the APC-led administration will rather concentrate on ongoing efforts to deliver all-inclusive development in the country.

He said the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was already working assiduously to repair the rot caused by the PDP’s 16-year misrule and pillage of the country’s commonwealth.

He said:  “Since the APC-led administration took over the governance of the country, the fight against Boko Haram had been invigorated with regional and global support and cooperation against the terror group.”