The All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, and the State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of massive stockpiling of arms ahead of the December 10 legislative re-run elections in the State.
This was contained in a statement released by APC’s National Secretary, Mai Mala-Buni, on Tuesday, calling on security agencies to take urgent action to protect the lives of residents in the state.
Mala-Buni stated that the report that Wike’s security details had been withdrawn is a hoax which is intended to “deflect attention from the reports of an arms build-up and other sinister plots the Wike-led PDP administration plans to execute on Election Day.”
“Nobody is after Wike. The governor and the PDP’s diversionary and false alarm is hinged on the reality that they will lose the legislative re-run elections once security is tightened in Rivers State,” the APC scribe stated.
He also claimed that “the PDP and the Rivers State Governor are haunted by their horrible past misdeeds.”
Mala-Buni alleged that under Wike’s administration, “political thugs and criminal gangs have continued to kill and maim APC members and innocent citizens in Rivers State.”
He maintained that Saturday’s legislative re-run elections in Rivers State will further prove the resolve of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to enshrine a free, fair and credible electoral process in the country.
“The APC hereby calls on security agencies to investigate the report of an arms build-up and be on high alert over the security situation in Rivers State under Wike’s watch and by extension the PDP in the lead-up to the Rivers legislative re-run election.
“Wike’s criminal gangs and PDP thugs must not be allowed to steal the votes of the Rivers electorate on Saturday,” the APC National Secretary stated.