By Clifford Ndujihe
A CHIEFTAIN of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers state, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has described the defection of former Deputy Governorship Candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC, Mr. Akpo Bomba Yeeh, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as induced and the height of Governor Nyesom Wike’s desperation to retain power.
On Monday, Mr Yeeh resigned his membership and position as AAC deputy governorship standard bearer, and defected to the PDP. He cited alleged plans by the Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi to use the security agencies to rig the poll for AAC, which the APC had adopted, nominate 90 percent of the commissioners, and produce all 23 local council chairmen after the AAC’s victory including getting him to sign an undated resignation letter as deputy governor as some of the reasons for his action.
Picking holes in Yeeh’s reasons for the defection, yesterday, Eze, in a statement said that ”Governor Wike had entered the panic mode, which indicated that he had been aware of his loss to the governorship candidate of the AAC, Biokpomabo Awara, in the March 9 governorship poll and has started engaging the most ludicrous schemes to reverse his fate.”
Claiming that Yeeh is a cousin of a senator in the state, who helped to negotiate his defection to the PDP, Eze said Awara was leading Wike at the governorship poll before the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC suspended the exercise.
He said ”what many people fail to understand about the politics of Rivers State is that remove militancy in any election anybody can easily defeat Wike no matter the status of such a person as Engr. Awara did.”
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 River 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?
As the polls rose in favor of the AAC candidate Engr. Awara Biokpomabo, to the shock and dismay of Wike, INEC in collaboration with the Governor Wike resorted to suspending the collation of results of the election. This sudden suspension as intended, gave rise to fraudulent malpractices and the falsification of results.
”However, seven LGA’s had already collated and announced results that frightened the governor. Wike claims that the military disrupted the elections. This is purely the statement of a sore loser. He should be commending the military like the rest of Rivers State for maintaining the peace and keeping the casualties of elections in Rivers State at its barest minimum compared to 2015.
‘ Wike and INEC claim that collation is under way and results will be released accordingly. This begs the questions: On the day collation was unlawfully suspended, which INEC staff/officials stayed back to gather results and materials? Exactly which results are being collated now? Which party agents are present during this so called collation? Which security agencies are securing this process? Where exactly is this so called collation taking place?”