The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State has alleged that the visit by members of the House of Representatives Committee on Army was sponsored by the PDP-controlled State Government.
The Rivers APC claimed that the mission of the State Government was to blackmail the Nigerian Army and force the withdrawal of soldiers from Ogoniland before the conclusion of the rerun elections.
Thw State Chairman of APC, Chief Davies Ikanya said “having painstakingly observed and reviewed the visit of the federal lawmakers, the party concluded that the entire exercise was contrived and sponsored by Governor Nyesom Wike.”
Chief Ikanya also alleged that “Governor Wike and his officials sponsored the petitions of the Civil Liberties Organisation, based on which the House of Representatives members are in Rivers State.”
The Rivers APC called on the leadership of the House of Representatives, the Nigerian Army and other stakeholders not to fall for the alleged scheme of the Rivers State Government.
The APC alleged that “the intention is to have troops withdrawn from Ogoni axis of Rivers State to enable armed hoodlums working for the Peoples Democratic Party to take over the area before the concluding part of the re-run legislative elections.”
Meanwhile, members of the House of Representatives Committee on the Nigerian Army have visited Ogoni communities where troops clashed with armed hoodlums recently.
The Federal Lawmakers stopped at Yeghe community in Gokana Local Government Area and Seamea community in Tai Local Government Area.
The group also visited Zaakpo and Bori in Khana Local Government Area, as part of their fact-finding mission to Rivers State.
DAILY POST reports that the lawmakers were also at the home of former militant leader, Solomon Ndigbara at Yeghe.
The legislators also inspected the Campaign Office of APC Candidate for Rivers South East Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe, in Bori, which was attacked by arsonists in the heat of campaigns for the re-run elections on the 19th of March.
Speaking after the inspection tour, the leader of the delegation and Chairman of the House Committee on Army, shawulu-kwewun advised Ogoni people to always engage in dialogue as a means of resolving issues and maintaining peace.
The visiting Federal lawmakers were shown around the affected Ogoni communities by the Caretaker Chairmen of Khana, Gokana and Tai Local Government areas.