The Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress has described as ridiculous, President Goodluck Jonathan’s statement that the Peoples Democratic Party will recover Rivers and Edo states from the hands of the All Progressives Congress in the 2015 and 2016 governorship elections.
The State Chairman of the APC, Dr. Davies Ikanya, explained that the president’s optimism was not in line with the realities on ground in Rivers.
President Jonathan had during a unity rally organised by the South-South PDP in Edo State on Saturday, boasted that his party would take over power after the governorship elections in the two states.
The president particularly said APC existed only on billboards in Rivers State.
But Ikanya said in a statement issued on Sunday by his Senior Special Adviser on Media, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze, that the president’s optimism was based on ignorance about the political realities in the state.
“The All Progressives Congress, Rivers State chapter, has dismissed as ridiculous the boast by President Goodluck Jonathan that his Peoples Democratic Party will recover the state from the hands of APC during the 2015 general elections.
“This boast made on Saturday by President Jonathan during PDP’s South-South Rally in Benin City, the Edo State capital, is ridiculous because it runs counter to the realities on ground in Rivers State,” the State APC leadership said.
“President Jonathan’s boast is obviously based on ignorance about current political realities in Rivers State. He may not have known that the state PDP leader and prospective governorship candidate, Nyesome Wike, has polarised PDP in Rivers State to the extent that it cannot even win a councillorship seat in a free and fair election.
“Wike (Minister of State for Education) is either deluding himself or deliberately feeding Mr. President with lies in a bid to feather his nest”, Ikanya added.
Ikanya listed one of the sins of the Jonathan administration against the state as the ceding of oil wells belonging to Rivers to Bayelsa State.
“On what basis should the people of Rivers State vote for PDP in 2015? Is it based on the ceding of our oil wells to his home state of Bayelsa and supporting Akwa Ibom and Abia states to take over our oil wells?
“Is it because he has ensured that the Federal Government does not site any meaningful project in Rivers State or his deliberate refusal to implement the UNEP Report on Ogoni?
“President Jonathan has left no one in doubt of his deep hatred for Rivers State and her people. So how can we support him or any PDP candidate in 2015”, the state APC chairman queried.
Ikanya, however, expressed optimism that the achievements of the State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, were enough to give the APC victory in future elections conducted in Rivers State.