By Clifford Ndujihe & Egufe Yafugborhi
PORT HARCOURT – ALL Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers state yesterday alleged that Monday’s defection, by Akpo Bomba Yeeh, Rivers African Action Congress, AAC, deputy governorship candidate, to the Peoples Democratic Candidate, PDP, was as a result of financial inducement.
Spokesman of Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi’s faction of Rivers APC, Chris Finebone, in a statement also said Yeeh lied about the scathing allegations against the minister, in the public declaration of his defection and withdrawal as running mate to AAC’s candidate, Biokpomabo Awara.
Finebone said: “We (APC) are not surprised at the news that the Deputy Governorship candidate of the AAC has resigned membership of his party to join (Governor Nyesom) Wike. We are only reacting to his decision because we adopted his principal, AAC’s governorship candidate, Awara and the fact that Mr. Akpo for want of justification for his action is struggling to lie about the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
“Even the retarded of the house knows Mr. Akpo simply responded to demands of stomach infrastructure. We wish him well, but only want to inform Mr. Akpo that even as he struggled to read from a script written by others, that in the few days he came close, he had no opportunity to know or associate with the Minister, as to be in a position to say what he said.”
Among other allegations, Akpo in the declaration of his withdrawal from the AAC, had accused Amaechi of boasting that he had perfected plans, including engagement of the military to rig AAC to victory in the 2019 governorship while also forcing him Yeeh to sign an undertaken to, upon swearing in, resign his position as deputy governor.
Speaking in like manner, another chieftain of the APC, Mr. Ibinabo Green, who hails from Obio-Akpor, said with the backing of the APC, the AAC candidate was trouncing Wike at the poll before its suspension by the INEC.
His words: ‘’Governor Nyesom Wike stated that ‘the AAC candidate is a nobody and therefore cannot win the Rivers State election.’ Does the success of a political candidate depend on his/her perceived credibility or popularity? It is common knowledge that elections are won not just by the individual candidate, but by the machinery behind the candidate.
Wike forgets that AAC was adopted by APC, and APC put its complete strength and weight behind AAC.
‘’Evidently, the people of Rivers State have expressed their frustration with the incumbent government and its lack of good governance through their choice of candidate. Why was the collation of results suspended if Wike was not losing?