For indulging in what it said were anti-party activities, the Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for the immediate suspension of Ebonyi State governor, Engr. Dave Umahi and its former National chairman Adams Oshiomole.
The party also listed other members who should be suspended for engaging in anti-party activities.
Making the demand in a petition to Abdullahi, the National Chairman of the party, the Rivers state chapter chairman, Chief Emeka Bekee, accused Umahi and Oshiomole of embarrassing the APC in their open romance with Nyesom Wike, the Rivers State governor.
According to the petition, the consistent and persistent visit of Umahi and Oshiomhole to Wike, who is of the PDP, was embarrassing to the party and puts it in a difficult position for the general elections next February.
It said Umahi and Oshiomhole had ignored and undermined the Rivers State Chapter of the party in their romance with the embattled Wike.
The petition dated November 7, 2022, and titled ‘protest/warning letter against Comr. Adams Oshiomhole, Dave Umai, and others who are in the habit of promoting anti-party activities read:
“It is no longer news that the All Progressives Congress, Rivers State Chapter is now a laughing stock owing to the actions of some disgruntled leaders of the party who are in the habit of either visiting Governor Nyesom Wike or coming to commission project in Rivers State.
“Your Excellency Sir, it is disheartening to note that any time these disgruntled leaders of the party with anti-party activities running in their veins, which is their stock in trade, visits Rivers State, they will openly make condemnation and scurrilous remarks, thereby demoralizing the spirited and concerted effort of APC members in Rivers State, all in an attempt to please Governor Nyesom Wike, their pay-master.
“We are not worried or bordered about their regular visits in as much as we were not given privileged information about their visits as party members, but our concern is that they must stop talking trash and campaigning against APC Candidates in Rivers State.
“Your Excellency Sir, most recently, particularly on November 16, 2022, H.E Adams Oshiomole, the former National Chairman of our great party, visited Rivers State on the invitation of Governor Wike to commission the Rumuepirikorm-Ada George Fly-over. During the commissioning, he said, “I have seen why Governor Wike used to win APC in Rivers State. Wike has powerful and energetic youths he works with, which he uses to win my party. Wike, will you permit me to go with some of them from Rivers State to Edo State.”
“Subsequently, on November 22, 2022, the Governor of Ebonyi State, H.E Dave Umahi, visited Rivers State on the invitation of Governor Nyesom Wike to commission the Akpabu-Omudioga-Egbeda Road, and he said, “Governor Wike you have tried so much, the only day you will see me in Rivers State campaigning is the day we will come here for the Presidential Campaign, apart from that, you will not see me again because all other positions, you will win.” The above statements were made on live television programmes, and the videos will be produced when needed.
Your Excellency Sir, it is disheartening to note that the above statements were made by those who claim to be the party leaders in their various states while romancing with the opposition party against members of APC in Rivers State during this electioneering period.
We are aware that even the National Officers/Leadership of the party watched AIT where the above statements were made because they were all live telecast and since then till date, have remained adamant and silent, pretending not to know what River APC members, particularly the candidates are suffering from the hands of those named above because of the campaign against APC in Rivers State.
Your Excellency, Sir, we wish to inform you that the members of APC in Rivers State are no longer happy with the turnout of events and the way and manner the National Leadership of the party is treating us, HENCE THIS PROTEST/WARNING LETTER.
With respect to the complaints stated above, we demand as follows;
- An unreserved public apology from H.E Adams Oshiomole and H.E Dave Umahi on a live television programme within seven days.
- A warning or suspension letter on H.E Adams Oshiomole and H.E Dave Umahi for anti-party activities.
- A directive attached with a sanction that, henceforth, anybody coming to Rivers State on the invitation of Governor Wike should stop talking trash and campaigning against candidates of APC in Rivers State.
Conclusively, Sir, we wish to let you know that if this matter is not handled correctly and our positions above granted and implemented, we will resort to taking our destinies into our hands. Remember, we are not restricted from visiting Edo and Ebonyi States to reply H.E Adams Oshiomole and H.E Dave Umahi while also romancing with the opposition.
While thanking you in anticipation that our request will be implemented, we urge you to make haste while the sun shines as “A Stitch in Time, Saves Nine”.
Accept the assurances of my warmest regards on behalf of the party members in Rivers State.
For: All Progressives Congress (APC), Rivers State
Chief Emeka Beke,