The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said it received without surprise what they described as the usual hollow and rambling state broadcast by Governor Nyesom Wike.
The APC was reacting to Wike’s threat to demolish the hotels and property of politicians used by cultists ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The Governor disclosed that his government has obtained intelligence linking some politicians he said are misguided with the recruitment of cultists, ex-convicts and thugs to make trouble in furtherance of their political aspirations.
“We will not allow any political party, be it the All Progressives Congress, the Peoples Democratic Party or the Social Democratic Party to threaten the safety and security of lives and property during the campaigns with mayhem, thuggery or violence,” Wike said.
But the APC in a statement by Chris Finebone, its State publicity secretary said it is not surprising because Governor Wike was recently thrown into his present panic mode since he failed to secure the Presidential and later Vice Presidential tickets of his party.
The party stated that Wike has been scared of his political future after it became difficult to “cover up financial and other atrocities he committed over the past 10 years as Minister of Education and presently as governor of Rivers State for two terms ending May 29, 2023.”
The APC also said the Governor’s newfound relationship with its party leaders, some of whom have been invited for events in Rivers state will not save Wike from the impending political failure.
The statement reads in part, “Lately, his predicament has not been helped by the inconclusive outcome of his offer to work for the Presidential Candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, in exchange for a safe landing and protection after the 2023 general election having been convinced that Tinubu will defeat Atiku Abubakar of his party, the PDP.
“As Wike presses on with courting the APC to secure protection after the 2023 general elections, a close ally of the APC Presidential Candidate, Gov Sanwo-Olu of Lagos and other APC stalwarts will be in Rivers State this week to either commission projects undertaken by Gov. Wike or flag off others.
“However, it did not take long for any discerning mind to know that the 19-paragraph broadcast by Gov. Wike is only a knee-jerk reaction by the governor to fight back his fear for his own shadow. This is not the first time the governor has resorted to crude and primitive methods to intimidate and subdue his political opponents if his threat to demolish hotels and leisure places where politicians hold their meetings is anything to go by, having done so during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The APC is not surprised at the threat by Gov. Wike. His house (PDP) is crumbling fast right in his face. For obvious reasons, his main men of yesterday have turned political foes today. His entourage has seen faces change over and over again of late. We know his threat is essentially directed at his henchmen who have taken their destinies into their own hands and rebelled against the local potentate. Across the State, these men have pitched their tent with Wike’s tormentor-in-chief, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
“The APC in Rivers State has news for Gov. Wike. He is not in any position to demolish the hotel, leisure places or any property of any APC member in Rivers State under any guise whatsoever.
“This message should sink in well. His party members absolutely choose to let him repeat his jungle justice on them as the world witnessed during the last pandemic high noon.
“The anarchy Wike will bring upon himself should he attempt it against any APC member will assume the dimension of an apocalypse of immense proportions. We hope the governor takes this warning seriously.
“We want the governor to realize that his time is fast winding up. He should accept this fact and not exacerbate his fate as power and immunity depart from him in a matter of months.” APC warns