The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has denied giving the state governor, Nyesom Wike any condition for peace to reign in the state.
According to the party, the completion of projects started by Wike’s predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, were not pre-conditions for peace but suggestions.
The party stated this on Monday through a statement by its spokesman, Chris Finebone, in Port Harcourt, noting that no such pre-conditions were issued in whatever form, publicly or privately, as claimed by the governor in a broadcast.
Finebone said: “For the avoidance of doubt, we stand by the suggestions made through Senator Andrew Uchendu at a press conference on the way out of the current 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 C4i infrastructure; if the various human capital development projects and programmes, such as foreign scholarships, were not abandoned/discontinued but continued, and consolidated upon by the Wike government.
“If the various projects such as RSSDA, Songhai Farm, Banana Farm, Buguma Fish Farm and many others that provided employment for our people were not abandoned or destroyed by the current government,the present killings and large-scale insecurity would have been stamped out or, at least, stemmed significantly.
“We believe that the widespread hopelessness and despondency bedevilling our youths is, to a high degree, the cause of the present insecurity pervading our land.
“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.”