The main opposition party in the oil-rich Rivers State has made a surprising disclosure about its relationship with the ruling party in the state.
Specifically, the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state denied a claim made by Governor Nyeson Wike concerning their working relationship.
The APC said on Monday said that contrary to the claim by the state Governor Wike, it did not give conditions for the acceptance of the olive branch extended by the governor, The Punch reports.
It will be recalled that Governor Wike had extended an olive branch to the APC in the state. Wike called on the party to join hands with him and his government to move the state forward for the benefit of the people. He made the call after winning his second term election. Whether or not the APC accepted Wike’s olive branch is a matter of controversy.
The party’s state Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone, said that it only suggested a way out of the current state of insecurity in the state. Finebone explained that if the current administration in the state had improved on the security architecture put on the ground by the then Rotimi Amaechi administration, the current state of insecurity would have been stamped out.
He said, “The attention of the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has been drawn to a recent statement by Governor Nyesom Wike that our party requested the completion of projects by the previous administration as pre-condition for accepting the olive branch offered by the governor. “No such pre-conditions were issued in whatever form, publicly or privately. For the avoidance of doubt, we stand by the suggestions made through Senator Andrew Uchendu at a press conference as the way out of the present state of insecurity our dear state is wallowing in.
“We have no doubt that if the Wike government had not abandoned, but improved upon the security architecture put on ground by the Amaechi administration, including the infrastructure; if the various human capital development projects and programmes such as foreign scholarships were not abandoned/discontinued but continued, the present killings and large-scale insecurity would have been stamped out or at least, stemmed significantly.
“We unequivocally insist that these suggestions freely offered remain suggestions and not pre-conditions in any way. Our interest remains the wellbeing of the people and all residents of our dear state.”
But the state Commissioner for Information, Emma Okah, reminded the APC that there were killings, kidnappings and armed robbery cases during Amaechi’s administration.
The two political parties have been rivals in the state too just as seem at the federal level. They have both ruled the oil-rich state at one time or the other. Currently, the PDP is in power in the state led by Governor Nyeson Wike who succeeded former governor Amaechi of the APC in 2015.
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