– APC said the House of Reps c’tte on army’s visit to Ogoniland is a plan by Wike as to blackmail Army out of Ogoniland
– APC said Wike plans to return of his own army led by Solomon Ndigbara to intimidate the citizens whenever the remaining rerun elections will hold
Governor Wike and a military officer
The Rivers state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed the fact-finding investigation being carried out by members of the House of Representatives committee on the Army in Ogoniland, Rivers state as exercise contrived and sponsored by the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike for the purpose of blackmailing and stampeding the Nigerian Army out of Ogoniland before the conclusion of the outstanding rerun elections process in Rivers South East Senatorial zone.
The party in a statement signed by Dr Davies Ikanya, the chairman of APC in state said its conclusion is based on the desire of 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 Solomon Ndigbara 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.
“Information available to the APC credibly confirm that Gov. 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 concluded 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.”
APC said: “For example, a PDP top member boasted yesterday that with what happened between Governor Wike and the House Committee members during their visit, he was sure the Army will be nowhere near Ogoni during the conclusion of rerun elections in the area.
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The party claimed that a boast by a PDP member only goes to confirm the information available to the APC that the House Committee visit, the timing and what has transpired so far point to a well-planned scheme by Nyesom Wike to get the Nigerian Army out of Ogoni to aid the return of his own army led by Solomon Ndigbara to intimidate the citizens whenever the remaining rerun elections will hold.
APC called on the leadership of the Nigerian House of Representatives, the leadership of the Nigerian Army and all other stakeholders on the matter not to fall for the scheming of Gov. Nyesom Wike,advising them to 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.
The party said: “No one should be swayed by the blackmail contrived, nurtured and sponsored by Gov. Nyesom Wike as part of his scheme to stop Senator Magnus Ngei Abe from consummating his victory to the Nigerian Senate”