APC distance self from Tinubu’s visit to Rivers

All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has dissociated itself from the planned visit of Nigeria’s President-Elect, Bola Tinubu to Rivers State on Wednesday.

Reports has it that Tinubu, who is a member of the APC, is paying a two-day visit to the state to commission a flyover and a court building constructed by People’s Democratic Pary (PDP) Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration.

Wike has declared Wednesday as a public holiday, urging the people of the state to turn out en masse to receive Tinubu.

In a statement on Tuesday, the spokesperson of APC in the state, Darlington Nwauju, described the visit as private and on the invitation of Governor Wike. He added that it has nothing to do with the APC in the state.

“We challenge the Governor being an outgoing governor (Wike) to play less divisive politics and exercise restraint in planting seeds of discord amongst opposition political parties.

“We are aware that the governor has been working so hard to paint a false perception of the collapse of the APC structure in Rivers State even when he had in previous well-documented interviews vowed never to have anything to do with a “cancer party (APC),” Mr Nwauju said.

Wike, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after falling out with his party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, backed Tinubu in the presidential election.

The APC spokesperson in the state said it was aware of “Governor Wike’s plot to prank our President-elect into believing his false narrative that there is no other opposition political party existing in Rivers State,” and added that “Rivers people already know this is not the correct situation on the ground.

Nwauju said Rivers APC is “focused on pursuing justice by challenging the outcome of the flawed 18 March elections at the Elections Petitions Tribunal and cannot be distracted by the antics of Gov. Wike and his co-travellers.”

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