By Godwine Anene
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has warned the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to stop making inflammatory comments that could set the country on fire over Thursday’s Supreme Court judgement which ordered the governorship candidate of the PDP, Senator Douye Diri be sworn-in as Bayela State governor on Friday.
Wike noted that Oshiomhole has no power to order that Diri who the Supreme Court declared as the winner of the last governorship election in Bayelsa having sacked the Governor-elect, Chief David Lyon over his forged certificates by his deputy.
The governor, who spoke in Port Harcourt the Rivers State capital on Thursday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call Oshiomhole to order as unguided comments by the APC chairman could cause crisis in the Niger Delta region.
Wike particularly condemned Oshiomhole, a former Edo State governor, for saying that there would be no swearing-in of the PDP candidate in Bayelsa State as he has no such powers to stop the inauguration of Diri.
“The Federal Government should warn Oshiomhole to stop making remarks that will destabilise Nigeria. What he is doing in Edo State is not proper and he should not bring it to the rest of the Niger Delta.
“Who is Oshiomhole to determine who has spread in a state? Supreme Court has made a ruling. It is unfortunate for Oshiomhole to come forward to say that nobody will be sworn in,” Wike said.
He further posited that Oshiomhole was making unguarded statements because he had lost the support of APC governors, hence he wanted to curry favour through careless talks over the party’s lost in Bayelsa State.
Wike further said, “It is most unfortunate what Oshiomhole is doing because he wants to retain his position as national chairman. APC governors have rejected him; that is why he is struggling to prove that he is fighting for the party.
“He (Oshiomhole) is making statements as if he owns the country. This is the same way he is carrying on in Edo State, fighting the governor. He believes that he has the forces to cause crisis. He is arrogating powers to himself, which is not good,”