The All Progressives Congress, APC, has described a statement credited to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will take over power at the centre come 2019, as “idle postulations”, and a ploy to distract attention from the politically motivated killings going on in Rivers State.
The party, according to a statement issued in Abuja, on Wednesday by its National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni,called on security agencies and Nigerians “not to be hoodwinked by this latest ploy to deflect attention from the continued and increased spate of mass killings and violence in the state.
“In monitored media reports, Nyesom Wike stated in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Tuesday, that the PDP is currently being re-organised to takeover the seat of power in 2019.”
The party lamented, that “The spate of killings in Rivers State has now assumed genocidal dimensions with horrendous killing and maiming of residents and security personnel almost on a daily basis.
“On Monday, five mobile policemen, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr. Nasiru Halidu, were ambushed and killed at Okobe in Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.
‘’On Tuesday, five persons were killed and scores injured in attacks in different parts of the state. The state High Court premises in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, also came under attack.
“Clearly, Rivers State has been transformed into a killing field. The APC calls on the Police and other security agencies to, as a matter of urgency, rise to stop the breakdown of law and order which has resulted in mass killings and other forms of violence in Rivers State,” he said.
The APC scribe, said the party would rather support on ongoing efforts to deliver all-inclusive development in the country than joining issues with Nyesom Wike’s idle 2019 postulations, adding that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was already working assiduously to repair the rot caused by the PDP’s 16-year misrule and pillage of the country’s commonwealth.
He said: “Since the APC-led administration took over the governance of the country, the fight against Boko Haram had been invigorated with regional and global support and cooperation against the terror group.”