APC, PDP at loggerheads over Wike’s assassination alarm
Following the federal government’s dismissal of an alarm raised by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, that he is being targeted for elimination by state authorities, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a swipe at the ruling APC and minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed.
Wike had earlier made the allegation during his administration’s third year anniversary thanksgiving service at the Living Faith Church, Port Harcourt, on Sunday.
The governor said he had received intelligence report that the assassination plot was programmed to take place in a crowded place after which the government would claim he was a victim of accidental discharge.
He said he needed to alert Nigerians on the plot because of its gravity.
But the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, when briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the council’s meeting held Wednesday at the presidential villa, Abuja said, “I think one of the beauty of being a governor is that you enjoy immunity from prosecution and arrest.
“Because, I remember a couple of years ago when I made a similar allegation, I was invited to Force Headquarters.”
Reacting to the issue, the PDP, in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan and made available to newsmen, said the outburst by the APC-led Federal Government that it would have dragged in Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, but for his constitutional immunity, confirms the fears that government wants to silence the opposition.
The statement partly read, “It is shocking that instead of calling for an investigation into the serious revelation, the Federal Government resorted to siege mentality to scare the governor, ostensibly to cover up the severity of the allegation.”
The party, however, notified Nigerians and the international community to note the threat against Wike, adding that the action and inaction of the APC-led Federal Government, would not be left to chance.