The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged President Bola Tinubu not to yield to the interference of intrusive outsiders who seek to empower former governor Nyisom Wike and allow him to take control of the party in the state.
The party emphasized that recognizing Wike would undermine the loyalty of dedicated APC members who have remained steadfast.
In an open letter dated July 6, addressed to President Tinubu and obtained by journalists at the State House in Abuja on Friday, the Rivers State branch of the APC urged the President to reject Wike’s covert attempts to impose himself and gain control over the party’s structures in the state.
The letter, signed by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Comrade Darlington Nwauju, cautioned President Tinubu to be cautious of Wike and his associates. It asserted that Wike’s claims of working in favor of the party now were merely a ploy to undermine the loyalty and dedication of APC members and other stakeholders.
The party said, “We want to clarify that Gov Wike did not bring any value to our beloved Rivers State APC.”
Additionally, the group recalled the former governor’s history of inflicting severe brutality on APC members and their families in Rivers State, resulting in numerous casualties.
“Mr President Sir, we wish to recall that the 2015 presidential election melted unquantifiable brutality on members and families of APC in Rivers State with countless casualties. Yet the Rivers APC resisted the onslaught of former Governor Wike’s lead aggression on innocent party followers and members.
“Dear Mr President, we wish to clear the air that Gov Wike did not deliver any value to our dear Rivers State APC, rather he fought against our dear Rivers APC.”
The Rivers APC further asked Tinubu to, as “a consistent party man who built your ideals of party growth and sustainability on practical people-oriented philosophy, and a known rewarder of stewardship, resist Wike “because he has no political ideology as the script he follows.”
“We know that your leadership will not allow those who believe in political thuggery, those known by the local and international community as perpetual abusers of our democratic stability and mischief markers, whose thrive is money mongering to highjack our dear Rivers APC because they now see party politics as a tradeable commodity,” the APC chapter added.