Wednesday, October 28, 2015
POLITICAL tension is building up in Rivers --Written by Akanimo Sampson
POLITICAL tension is building up in Rivers State, one of the richest oil and gas states in Southern Nigeria, that is currently turning into a hot battle ground for the rival political parties.
The governing All Progressive Congress (APC) is locked in a bitter battle to wrestle power from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
The state Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, has already annulled the April 11 election of Nyesom Wike of the PDP as governor of the state.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court similarly quashed Wike’s appeal, ruling that it lacked merit.
Apparently unshaken, Wike wants the apex court, to rule on who won the governorship election of the state, on the substantive issue.
Wike’s Spokesman, Opunabo Inko-Tariah, says Rivers people will not resign themselves to fate and allow their mandate freely given to Governor Wike stolen away.
But, the fighting APC, galvanised by Chibuike Amaechi, a ministerial nominee of President Muhammadu Buhari, and immediate past governor of the state, says they want to end the era of impunity.
The renewed power struggle is polarising the state, and could lead to unwholesome activities in the days ahead. ENDS
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