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APC’S sickening obsession with Rivers State


It is sad that the National Headquarters of the All Progressives Congress, APC,  fondly  called All Promises Cancelled by her diminishing disappointed   supporters is unrepentant  in its ungodly  and demented pecuniary  obsession  with Rivers State.  

Once a failed politician becomes chairman of the All Promises Cancelled,  APC, he starts licking  his lips vigorously  in the vain hope that the failing political  party will capture Rivers State. 

I am constrained  to write this piece because of statements credited to the dethroned  former Governor of Ekiti State,  Mr Segun Oni who now masquerades as the acting chairman  of  the  APC.  Like his boss, John Odigie-Oyegun, Segun Oni  is issuing threats that the APC Federal Government  will unleash  violence  on Rivers  State and use state security  agencies  to  manipulate  the  forthcoming rerun elections.  If Segun Oni  and his co-travellers think Rivers State is for the taking, then they have more homework to do.

Just  imagine  the  threat by Segun Oni.  He told Journalists : “The APC will no longer fold its arms and watch our party members and supporters murdered daily in cold blood.” To begin with, the statement is founded on lies as there are no politically  motivated  killings  in Rivers State. 

The statement  credited  to  the  Acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr Segun Oni wherein he blamed Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for the security challenge in Rivers State is a proof of  the evil machinations of the APC  to  use lame excuses to orchestrate a military  invasion  of  the  for the purpose rigging the March 19, 2016 rerun  legislative elections in the state .

The threat issued by  the  Acting  National Chairman that the  APC  will unleash violence  in Rivers  State  equally reveals  the  anti-democratic intentions of the APC and the plot by the party to generate devilish  security  crisis  in  the  state .

Aside the  fetish propaganda by the APC,  Rivers State  is one of the most peaceful  states in the country.  However,  Rivers State has its own  share of security  challenges. 

There are instances of cult-related  violence  in a few communities  in the state. Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has already taken measures  to  improve security  across the state through  the funding  of  security agencies  to  tackle the cult-related violence. Arrests have been made by the police and the police remain  on the trail of  the  other criminals.

It  is uncharitable  for the APC National Chairman   to play politics with the security  of  the state by claiming   victims of cult-related  violence  as their members,  simply because  they  want to gain political  mileage. 

The Acting National Chairman of the APC chose to focus on Rivers State when several  APC states are battling worse security  challenges.  Lagos State,  the most prominent  APC state is yet to recover from the Mile 12 where several innocent Nigerians lost their lives. The APC did not profile those killed in that crisis. 

In Benue State, the Agatu crisis  claimed over 500 lives. Segun Oni issued a prepared press statement  without  mentioning  the  Agatu  violence.  Perhaps,  he refused  to mention  this crisis  because  Benue State is governed  by  the  APC. 

The Acting National Chairman of APC also failed to  mention Plateau, Nasarawa, Bauchi,  Adamawa where they have  serious  security challenges.  

The APC is still smarting from the  loss of Rivers State. The party’s  misguided pecuniary sickening  obsession with Rivers State drives its irresponsible interventions.  That is  why  the  party fails to objectively appreciate the situation  in Rivers State. 

They are so engrossed  in their quest to rig the rerun  elections  in the state such that the APC National Secretariat has failed to address worsening  security  in other parts of the country.  Rather, that are bent on detailing the military  to invade Rivers  communities. 

Over 28 persons died in  Ogoni land  following the  ill-fated politically motivated  military  invasion  of  communities in the area. The APC  National Chairman and his All Promises Cancelled have hailed the killings  saying that in pursuit of a suspect, the military  were right in their ill-fated operation. 

The APC  sees nothing but politics  in every situation.  They have no respect for lives , all they see are opportunities  to  embark on  propaganda,  lies and ruthless  make-believe. 

The APC’S  plot to rig the rerun elections in Rivers State is well known. The party is not on ground  in the state and it  believes it can only make  a headway  by using the  security  forces to rig the elections.  Unfortunately  for them, the people are vigilant  and they have been duly enlightened  by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.  Nobody  will allow  APC  to  rob the Rivers people  of their  mandate.

Governor Wike is the people’s governor.  The people  will consolidate  their support for Governor Wike  on March 19 while Segun Oni  will continue  to  shed his crocodile  tears in Abuja  since he has been uprooted  in Ekiti State. 

Rivers State  is  in safe hands. On a weekly  basis,  Governor Wike  is either commissioning projects, initiating new projects or inspecting ongoing  projects. There is no APC  governor in Nigeria that is working. That should be the concern of Segun Oni  and not to try to incite violence  in Rivers State simply because  he is money-hungry.  

Simeon Nwakaudu

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