The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as an “infantile propagandist attempt”, a statement credited to the new commissioner of Information in Rivers State, Mr Emma Okah, that the government has uncovered a plan to kill students in the state.
Mr Okah is among the 14 commissioners and one permanent secretary that were recently sworn in by Governor Nyesome Wike recently in the state capital, Port Harcourt.
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The APC State Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone in a statement on Tuesday said that the statement credited to the new Rivers State image maker “ a lame attempt to blackmail Rivers students who have been owed bursary payments since Gov. Nyesom Wike came into office”.
He also stated, that the “APC, finds the press statement by the new Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Barr. Emma Okah claiming to have uncovered a plan by the APC and the Police to instigate and kill students as infantile, a no brainer and pedestrian propaganda unbefitting of a state government.
“Instead of doing the right thing to avert students embarking on protest over their endless neglect by the Wike government, Barr. Okah appears to have resorted to base tactics to blackmail the students, police and the APC. The news for the Commissioner is that his attempt is dead on arrival. Gov. Wike must abandon his hatred and disdain for students and education and do the right thing. No amount of spin by his Information and Communications Commissioner will fool the students and Rivers people.
“It is unfortunate that the first outing on the perfidious road of propaganda by the new Commissioner is an unmitigated disaster and a disgrace. Actually, it appears everything in Rivers State is continuing on a free fall.
“It is possible Barr. Okah decided to start from where he once stopped as Information Commission several years ago. But he desperately needs to upgrade in all ramifications if he hopes to shore up Gov. Wike’s fledgling image in the public eye of Nigerians.
“Sadly, everything in Rivers State is on a steady decline including the management of information and communications for Rivers State Government. Reading the latest press release, Dr. Austin Tom-George will be grinning from ear to ear in view of how bad things have further gone since he abandoned Gov. Wike. What Emma Okah has just exhibited is nothing more than pitiable infantilism in propaganda”, Finebone said.
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