“Your statements can destabilise Nigeria” – Wike warns Oshiomhole on Bayelsa ruling
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has called on the Federal Government to warn the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress ( APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to stop making inflammatory remarks capable of destabilising the country.
The governor made the call in a Thursday statement signed by his Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, in reaction to the Supreme Court ruling sacking on the Bayelsa gubernatorial election.
A five-man panel of Supreme Court justices sacked the APC Guber candidate, David Lyon, saying his Deputy Governor-elect, Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, forged his certificates presented to INEC.
The panel led by Justice Mary Peter-Odili ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to withdraw the Certificate of Return issued to the APC candidate and issue a fresh one to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Sen. Douye Diri.
Lyon and Degi-Eremienyo were preparing to be inaugurated tomorrow, Friday, February 14.
But in a media briefing hours after, Oshiomhole said that nobody would be sworn in Bayelsa on Friday (today).
Wike slammed the APC National Chairman for saying that there would be no swearing-in of the PDP Candidate in Bayelsa State, saying he has no such powers.
He said: “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.”
He said that Oshiomhole lacks the power to make pronouncements after the Supreme Court has ruled on the Bayelsa matter.
“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,” he said.
He noted that Oshiomhole is making unguarded statements because he has lost the support of APC Governors, hence he wants to curry favour through careless talks.
“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 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,” he said.
Wike described Oshiomhole as a man who preaches one thing, then goes ahead to practise a different thing. He said the situation in Edo State has exposed Adams Oshiomhole as a godfather who once preached against godfathers.
He said Oshiomhole would not be allowed to destroy the Niger Delta, adding that the rule of law must continue to prevail at all times.