The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has denied the allegation by Governor Nyesom Wike that the APC was planning to rig the March 19 legislative re-run elections in the state.
The APC said the governor’s accusation was a “smokescreen”.
Wike on Tuesday had while receiving the Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, Ndowa Lale, who visited him at Government House, accused the APC of having a list of compromised returning officers for the Senate, House of Representatives and state assembly elections in the state.
The governor is reported to have specifically mentioned the APC candidate for the Akuku-Toru/Asari-Toru Federal Constituency, Dawari George, as being behind the list which he (Wike) said contained names of UNIPORT lecturers, who are to serve as Returning Officers for the election.
But the opposition party in the state described Gov. Wike’s accusation as “the most callous and mischievous lie of the century”.
In a statement on Wednesday signed by the Rivers APC Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone, the party said: “It is important that we reveal here that this is a smokescreen by the governor to conceal his attempts to repeat what he did in 2015 which he is trying so hard to repeat without success so far and the APC is monitoring his antics closely”.
The party said its members would never be involved in any action that could compromise the forthcoming elections.
It said Mr. George, its candidate for Akuku-Toru/Asari-Toru Federal Constituency, does not work in the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“The APC notes with consternation that Gov. Nyesom Wike is suddenly picking on any and every imaginable persons and institutions for bashing because of the March 19 rerun elections”.
“Yesterday it was INEC, next was security agents especially the Nigerian Army. Today it is the University of Port Harcourt. Tomorrow it may be market women that will come under the hammer of the governor, who knows?
“The All Progressives Congress would like to advise Gov. Nyesom Wike to strive to overcome the things that habit his subconscious as a result of what he did in the past to gain power, and if he does, he will discover that he need not look to the stars for the solution to his problems.
“He is the architect of his own fears”, the statement concluded.