The ruling All Progressives Congress and the People’s Democratic Party on Tuesday continued the game of blame over Governor Nyesom Wike’s security apparatus.
Their contention heightens as campaign intensifies for the December 10 legislative elections, persists despite police’s insistence that they were unaware of the development..
On November 26, the governor openly scolded the Rivers State Commissioner for Police for allegedly ordering a drawdown of his security personnel.
But in a statement yesterday, the PDP said it had been duly informed that a majority of the security personnel attached to the governor had been withdrawn.
Dayo Adeyeye, spokesman for the interim leadership of the PDP, said the alleged withdrawal was part of a purported plot to weaken Mr. Wike’s security and leave him vulnerable to fatal attacks.
“The method being applied by the APC in the Rivers re-run elections is to use security agencies to withdraw the security details of the governor and expose him to danger of being assassinated in order to cow him to succumb to their rigging plans,” Mr. Adeyeye said.
Consequently, the PDP gave the police and the State Security Service three days to restore the governor’s detail.
“We, therefore, call on the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Director General of State Security Services, Lawal Daura to, as a matter of urgency, restore all the security detail of Governor Nyesom Wike and to secure Government House, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“Failure to do this before the Saturday Dec. 10 re-run elections is indirectly calling on Rivers people to resort to self- help.’’
The APC fired back with a statement by its National Secretary Tuesday afternoon, describing the alleged withdrawal as “a hoax”.
Mala Buni said the PDP and Mr. Wike were agitated by the consequences of their transgressions in the past.
“Again, the PDP and the Rivers State Governor are haunted by their horrible past misdeeds,” he said.
“Nigerians recall how Wike, then a PDP Minister used federal institutions to harass, intimidate and threaten the life of perceived political enemies particularly Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who was then governor of Rivers State.
“Under Wike’s watch, political thugs and criminal gangs have continued to kill and maim APC members and innocent citizens in Rivers State.”
Political activities in Rivers State became charged shortly after INEC announced a new date for the conduct of a legislative election that would see the state get representation in the Senate for the first time in over a year.