Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said the call by the state’s All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership to probe the killings during the last general election is laughable.
Wike spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt, the state capital, through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Sir, Opunabo Inko-Tariah.
The governor’s aide said APC and its leadership were frustrated.
He said the call for a probe into the killings was laughable because they occurred when an APC government under former Governor Chibuike Amaechi was in power.
Inko-Tariah accused APC State Chairman Davies Ikanya of allegedly indicting Amaechi of maladministration and repudiating his constitutional responsibility of protecting life and property.
The governor’s aide urged the state’s APC leadership to give the public details of the killings during the last general elections since it claimed to have the records.
He said:[pull_quote_center] “I have just been briefed on the bombastic outburst by Davies Ikanya and his co-travellers in the Rivers State chapter of the APC, deprecating Governor Wike for not probing the killings in Rivers State during the elections[/pull_quote_center].
“This is laughable and inane. Is it a case of selective amnesia? Since Dr Ikanya has details of the murders associated with the last general election, why not make them public? In fact, he should be the prime suspect in the alleged murders.
“This obviates the need for further proof that Ikanya and his cohorts are a bunch of flustered and rudderless characters who will relentlessly – although fruitlessly – try to sully the reputation of the governor.
“You don’t need a probe panel to disclose the identities of the alleged murders and their victims. After all, the APC was in power and in control of the state’s machinery. Why then did it not set up a panel? The reason is simple: it shall indict itself.”