The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State says that the behavior and utterances of the state’s governor, Nyesome Wike these days calls for concern.
The party stated that such things do not present him as a person who is still in full control of his mental faculties, and as such have recommended immediate psychiatric attention.
The party in a statement on Monday by the State Chairman, State Chairman, Chief (Dr.) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya said “Nigerians may have observed the distorted, uncoordinated and incomprehensible manner in which Chief Wike addresses the public these days, which is perhaps an indication that he needs psychiatrist assistance as a matter of urgency before his case goes beyond remedy.
“Today he is accusing the military of being after him or tying to assassinate him, tomorrow he will be accusing the INEC and Police of plotting on how to rig the rerun election scheduled to hold on December 10. Later he will accuse Transportation Minister Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of trying to pay the salaries of civil servants which he Wike has refused to pay for these eight months. This is even as he would accuse NIMASA DG Dakuku Peterside of plotting how to restore security and peace to Rivers State, thereby dislodging and thwarting his policy of turning Rivers State to Rivers of blood while on the other hand accusing the APC Rivers South-East Senatorial District Candidate Senator Magnus Abe of meeting with senior police officers between 2am and 4am on Friday, where he requested that they support his rigging agenda in exchange for N10 million each. If not that Wike has gone berserk where on earth does he wants Abe to raise such a staggering fund in an election that the Ogonis have vowed to vote for him?”.
However, Governor Wike while addressing current developments in the State on Monday maintained that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had perfected plans to rig the December 10 rerun poll. He was live On Channels Television Sunrise programme which was hosted in Port-Harcourt.
He alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was working hand in gloves with APC and the Nigeria Police to manipulate the poll by admitting a list of polling staff purportedly submitted by the ruling party.
Recalling the alleged arrest of a printer who was caught reproducing INEC result sheets in Port-Harcourt, Wike also wondered why a case of attempted breach of electoral rules was being deliberately swept under. The police authorities, he said, were running away from the truth by transferring the matter to Cross River State.
However, Ikanya described Wike’s allegations and utterances as symptomatic of a person in need of psychiatric evaluation. He added, “In the same vein, we appeal to INEC and security agencies not to be intimidated by Wike’s tricks and pranks. We urge the security agencies to ensure that those hoodlums hired and kept by Wike to cause havoc during the election are properly caged so that people would feel free to exercise their franchise on December 10, 2016,” the statement said.
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