The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike sponsored the House of Representatives Committee on Army to Ogoniland with a view to scoring political points.
According to the committee, having reviewed the visit of the Committee to Rivers State, it has concluded that the exercise was contrived by the Rivers State Governor to blackmail and stamped the Nigerian Army out of Ogoniland before the conclusion of the outstanding rerun elections process in Rivers South East Senatorial zone.
The party in statement signed by its chairman, Chief Davies Ikanya, said: “our conclusion that the desire of Gov. Nyesom Wike to hound the Army out of Rivers South East is to pave way for his own army of cultists, ex-militants and hoodlums led by his ally to, once again, impose insecurity, fear and killings on Ogoniland with a view to preventing the people from living their lives and exercising their franchise in peace”.
According to the party: “Information available to the APC credibly confirm that Governor Nyesom Wike and his officials sponsored the so-called petitions by Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) and other nebulous characters accusing the Nigerian Army of wrongdoings in Ogoniland. Evidence abound of how the governor and his officials paid huge sums of money to some chiefs and individuals to put up various shows and make false presentations to the House Committee members during their visit.
“Again, observers also noted the various interactions between the committee members and the governor during their stay in the state and alleged that the committee members were compromised through financial inducements to turn out a damning report against the deployment of the Army in troubled parts of Ogoni to pave way for getting the Army out of the way before the conclusion of the suspended rerun elections in the area for the benefit of the PDP and their candidates.
“The APC wishes to call on the leadership of the House of Representatives, the leadership of the Nigerian Army and all other stakeholders on the matter not to fall for the scheming of Governor Nyesom Wike. They should insist on carrying out their constitutional responsibilities especially in ensuring that there is peace and security in Ogoniland and any other part of Nigeria at all times. No one should be swayed by the blackmail contrived, nurtured and sponsored by Governor Nyesom Wike as part of his scheme to stop Senator Magnus Ngei Abe from consummating his victory to the Nigerian Senate”, APC stressed.