A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers, Kingsley Wali, has blamed President Bola Tinubu for the ongoing political crisis in the state.
In an interview with Punch, Wali accused the president of “destroying” the APC in Rivers State because of his alleged disagreement with former governor Rotimi Amaechi who is the leader of the party in the state.
Oyo EyeWitness reports that Amaechi contested the APC presidential primary election with Tinubu and emerged second in the keenly contested race.
Dissatisfied with the outcome, Amaechi allegedly worked against Tinubu’s victory by siding with Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 election.
Nyesom Wike, a PDP chieftain and political enemy of Amaechi, on the other hand, employed necessary resources to ensure Tinubu emerged victorious in the state.
According to him, the president’s meeting with Governor Sim Fubara and Wike was mere formality as it has failed to yield results.
“Our problem goes beyond the status of the APC in Rivers State because truth be told, there is no such thing as the APC in Rivers State, because the President of the country has intentionally and deliberately because whatever disagreement he had with the leader of the party in the state, destroyed the party that he was part of, that he helped to form, but for selfish reasons, he wants to destroy the party in Rivers State.
“But in destroying the APC in Rivers State, he was forgetting the people who died defending the cause of the APC in Rivers State, they are a legion. There was a particular family in Omok, the father, his wife, and the children were all executed.
“A lot of people were killed, but what the President is doing to the APC in Rivers State is simply spitting or peeing on the graves of those who died defending the party in the state. But again, it is Nigeria; that is the way Nigeria works,” he added.
Wali disclosed that “PDP refugees” have taken over Rivers State APC since the emergence of Wike as FCT minister.
Wali alleged that President Tinubu had used this as a basis for allowing the crisis in Rivers to go on.
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