A non-governmental organisation, the Wike Support Group, has condemned the withdrawal of majority of the security personnel attached to the Governor of Rivers State by Rivers State Police Commissioner on the orders of the Inspector General of Police.
The group also described the action as not only mutinous move on the office of the governor of Rivers State but a rape of democratic principles.
Speaking to the The Tide last Saturday, the Director of Media and Administration of the group, Bright Jossy said, though it was not the first time the APC led federal government is using the instrumentality of federal government to intimate the governor of Rivers State.
Jossy recalled that the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose and other PDP governors who were in Port Harcourt for PDP convention were held hostage in their lodge by men of Nigeria police and other security agencies, while the governor of Rivers state was also denied exit out of Government House on the same day.
He recalled that only recently, operatives of DSS manhandled the state governor in their failed attempt to unlawfully arrest a high court judge in Port Harcourt.
He regretted that a government that promised to change the nation to a better country has turned around to plunge the nation into difficulty.
“A government that promised Nigerians a positive turnaround suddenly became one that causes the citizenry pains, hunger and intimidation.
I want to urge the APC led federal government and it’s agents to channel their energy to delivering on the uncountable promises they made to Nigerians and allow the governor of Rivers state to concentrate on his good works for the people of Rivers state”.
Jossy warned that the December 10, 2016 legislative rerun election is strictly a Rivers affair, and that only popular candidates can emerge.
According to him, “It is within the powers of the electorates to choose who represents them at any level, no amount of security threats and militarization can surmount the will of the people.
Rivers people are proud and solidly behind their performing governor, and are determined to elect those that will work in harmony with their governor to achieve a Better Rivers state”, he said.
He said the ploy to intimidate the “people’s governor and expose him to security risk is an action in futility, because the prayers of the majority of Rivers people will subvert whatever evil calculations of the extremists.