Over the weekend, reports emerged of a splinter group of the Niger Delta Avengers named Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) issue a statement through a Cynthia Whyte, enlisting alleged sponsors of the activities of NDA.
The statement listed the ”sponsors” with the Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike included.
Wike has however issued a statement distancing himself from NDA.
In a statement read by his spokesman, Simeon Nwakandu, the governor maintained that the allegation was a “false media propaganda.”
The statement goes thus:
“We unequivocally deny this false report which was fabricated with the aim of diverting attention from the superlative performance of Governor Wike. Any close observer of this propaganda machine would have noticed that all they do is concoct lies about Rivers State. We urge all well-meaning persons to disregard this current falsehood credited to a faceless splinter group of NDA.
“This falsehood may not be unconnected to Governor Wike’s speech at the just-concluded conference of the Nigerian Guild of Editors where he publicly declared that he and other stakeholders in the state have prevented militant groups from sabotaging oil installations as is the case elsewhere. Not happy with this declaration, they resolved to concoct another ill-conceived report trying to mislead the people. Nigerians already know what these propagandists represent.
“They represent retrogression, deliberate falsehood, under-development. Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is a patriotic leader, committed to the sustenance and improvement of the nation’s democracy and economy. He is a promoter of security and good governance. He cannot be disparaged by concocted publications from APC media agents.”