The Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), has alleged moves by the State’s Governor-elect, Chief Nyesom Wike, to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and join its fold, advising Wike to remain in his political party.
The APC, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Thursday and signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone, condemned the planned move, saying the governor-elect’s aim is to obtain APC cover and avoid dethronement by the nation’s judiciary.
Finebone said, “Wike’s latest move comes as no surprise to those who know his antecedents. Having back stabbed his mentors like former Senator John Mbata in the past and more recently Governor Rotimi Amaechi, he would only be living true to the unreliable ally that he has grown to be.
“Wike’s history is replete with sabotage and dual personality often unstable among peers. So, we are not surprised at his latest moves to dump PDP to join APC. Such a move portrays him as unstable in relationship having at several instances, bitten the finger that fed him.
“He thinks that by hiding under the canopy of APC membership, elders of the APC will prevail on Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, the governorship candidate of the party at the April 11 election, to abandon his quest for justice”.
Giving insight into the plan, the APC Scribe explained that Wike, as soon as he is received into the APC fold, will woo APC elders and leaders to prevail on Peterside to drop his quest for justice before the Election Petition Tribunal.
He said, “Through this, Wike would have hoodwinked APC elders and leaders into prevailing on Dr. Peterside to withdraw his petition from the Tribunal. In short, Wike seeks to hide under the cloak of party man to dodge standing before justice to explain how he garnered the fictitious figures he claimed to have secured at the April governorship poll.
“Aware that Peterside is a true and loyal party man, unlike what he is; Wike will propound the hypothesis of ‘this-is-a-party matter’ to cajole both Peterside and the leadership. Unfortunately, Wike has already shot himself in the foot with the barbaric manner in which he obtained the fraudulent victory he is currently parading.
“In any case, the APC has placed restrictions on fleeing PDP members whose only reason for jumping ship is because the PDP has lost the elections”.
Mr. Finebone described the governor-elect as a liability rather than asset, counselling him to remain the PDP “stand before Justice at the Tribunal and explain his role in the r*pe on democracy in Rivers State last April 11. His late night moves to join APC is only a ploy to protect the stolen mandate in his pockets”, he added.
However, when contacted, the State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Felix Obuah, dismissed the APC’s claim, describing it as malicious, baseless and a mere wishful thinking of propagators of such falsehood.
Obuah claimed that it was most unthinkable that the governor-elect, who is also the PDP leader in Rivers State, was considering dumping the party for the APC, saying doing so was like preferring hell, which he alleged the APC represents, to paradise.
He said: “Rivers State is a PDP state, as demonstrated in the just-concluded general election and cannot be betrayed by the leader and holder of its mandate, who has given all he has to ensure the party is not killed by self-seeking individuals, the bulk of whom make up the membership of the APC in the state.
“Rather than do that, the governor-elect, Chief Wike, will do all within his powers to deliver on his electioneering promises to the people to ensure they are not disappointed and to strengthen their support and belief in the PDP”.