Speaking at Rivers State Capital, Port-Harcourt on 9th February where he received his letter of nomination as “Independent Newspapers Political Icon of the Year 2017”, Governor Nyesom Wike slammed the All Progressive Congress, which he said is not a party.
According to Governor Wike, APC is not a political party but a congregation of people who never wanted former President Goodluck Jonathan in office. He further claimed that the APC is planning to rig the governorship elections in three state controlled by PDP, which is Akwa Ibom, Delta and Rivers state.
“APC is not a political party in the true sense of the word. It is a congregation of people who did not want Former President Goodluck Jonathan to continue in office for personal reasons. The fight against Jonathan was not in the interest of Nigeria. They have realised their mistakes, but they lack the courage to apologise because of their ego. If you move around, you will see that things are bad.
”All the the mass registration of new political parties is a deliberate plan by INEC to manipulate elections in three states. Rivers State, Akwa Ibom and Delta States have been earmarked for the printing of ballot papers where some newly registered political parties will be excluded as a ground for the nullification of the elections by the tribunal. After the nullification by the tribunal as planned, EFCC will be used by the APC Federal Government to arrest the three governors, so that they will not be around during the repeat elections” Governor Wike said.
The governor urged journalists to take up the responsibility of explaining to Nigerians the need to elect a credible Federal Government in 2019.
Earlier, the Managing Director of Independent Newspaper, Mr Ade Adigun said that the newspaper nominated the governor as the Political Icon of the Year 2017 because of his commitment to the development of true democracy.