Abuja - The Rivers State government said
allegations of persecution by the All Progressives Congress (APC) were part of
a campaign to discredit Governor Nyesom Wike.
Oraye Franklyn, Senior Special Assistant to Wike on
Social Media, said elements within the APC were promoting the notion they are
being persecuted in order to achieve key objectives in their agenda to conquer
This, he said, comes after the party failed to do so both
at the polls and at the courts.
“The blame, as structured in their narrative, is placed,
rightly or wrongly depending on the argument, on the doorsteps of the Goveror
of the State, Chief Nyesom Wike, the obvious target of the party (APC),” said
“While the allegations of complicity are all false and
malicious and aimed at deliberately discrediting Governor Wike, it is important to
clarify on the role and powers of State Governors in relation to the provision
of security, and the protection of lives and property.”
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Franklyn said as part of his duty to Rivers people, Wike
“towered about the highest” among governors in the current dispensation in
providing logistical support to the security agencies, from the police to the
Army, Navy and the others.
In his first month as Governor, Wike is said to have
provided over 60 patrol trucks fitted with state of the art communication
gadgets for the police alone and continued to support the military in their bid
to tackle insecurity in the country.
“His efforts are widely reported and as always, commended
by the agencies themselves,” said Franklyn.
“This is the reason, it smacks of mega mischief
and national sabotage for leaders of the All Progressives Congress to allege
that he promotes insecurity in Rivers State or is doing nothing about it. These
false allegations are largely made by politicians pursuing partisan rather than
- CAJ News