Saturday, 30 April 2016

Count Wike out of Ogoni killings —PDP




The Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State has called on politicians to count Governor Nyesom Wike out of the killings that occurred in February in some parts of Ogoniland.
It will be recalled that at least 12 persons were killed when soldiers raided some communities in Gokana and Khana local government areas in the state.
A former lawmaker in the area and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the Rivers South East District, Senator Magnus Abe, had attributed the crisis in Ogoniland to the state governor.
Abe had stated that tension began to mount in Ogoniland when Wike allegedly told Ogoni people not to vote for him (Abe).
But the state Assistant Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, disagreed with Abe, saying that it was wrong for anybody to associate the killings in Ogoni to the governor.
Nwanosike, who spoke with journalists in Port Harcourt, explained that though the people of Ogoni knew those behind the crisis in the area, the people of the state were aware that Wike did not bring in the military into Ogoniland.
He argued that there was nothing wrong with the governor’s appeal that the people of Ogoni should vote for the PDP before an election, adding that such call could not have sparked any crisis in the area.
According to him, “The Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, cannot be associated with the killings that happened in Ogoniland.
“It is a thing of shock that somebody, who has gone to the level of being a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, would throw caution to the wind, and talk without regard to the Constitution of Nigeria, even when he wants to represent the people.
“What I want to say here clearly is that the governor has not in any way contributed to the crisis in Ogoniland. Instead, he has been doing his best to ensure that Ogoni people are liberated.
“Governor Wike said when he attended the birthday ceremony of Senator Lee Maeba (former senator), that Maeba’s birthday would not be complete if the people did not give him support for the PDP to win the senatorial district, even if he is not a candidate in the election.
“What is wrong with that? If the governor told Ogoni people, who came out in large number at the event to vote for the PDP, there is nothing wrong in that statement.”
The PDP chieftain, however, challenged Abe to produce any document or record where Wike told the people of Ogoni to stop him (Abe) at all cost.
Nwanosike explained that Wike had been in support of security agencies in the fight against crime in the state.
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