A group, Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative, has raised the alarm over an alleged plot by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state to destabilise the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The coalition at a press conference in Abuja Thursday said after Governor Wike’s failed attempts to compromise the military, he resorted to arming thugs and even compromise some foreign observers to propagate propaganda and fake news about the general elections and Nigerian Army.
National coordinator Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi said an utterly frustrated and desperate Wike had strategised with foreign-trained mercenary to shut down Abuja, stretching to other parts of Nigeria in the guise of protests.
Ogenyi said: “What we uncovered is a plan by the Rivers state governor, Mr Nyesom Wike, to overwhelm and shut down Abuja with protests. The protesters would reportedly claim their actions are in response to the outcome of the election in Rivers state.
“This will then be flagged as repressive by Wike’s foreign partners. This campaign of calumny, planned by Wike, would be branded and promoted as popular protests against President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Armed Forces.
“These disgruntled elements have also procured the services of foreign news channels that will report their paid protests as representative of the aggregate view of Nigerians and thereby undermine the credibility of the elections and the legitimacy of those declared winners. These paid protestors will be accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of deploying the military to intimidate voters during the elections.
“We challenge Wike to be bold enough and come out into the open to challenge President Buhari since he is not brave enough to state his intentions. He should stop beating about the bush. We further challenge him to be man enough to face and accept his rejection by the people of Rivers state. If he were as popular among the people of his state as he claims they he should have garnered votes that give him outright win at the polls with the kind of percentage difference President Buhari won over his closest rival.”