The dispute over the ministerial position in Rivers State continues to escalate as members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State resist efforts by some factions to hand over the party’s leadership to the immediate past governor, Nyesom Wike.
Speaking as a guest on Arise Television on Sunday, Darlington Nwauju, the APC Publicity Secretary in Rivers State, expressed his discontent, stating that the formation of the APC in the State resulted in the loss of several lives. He believes it is unjust to reward someone in charge of the State during a tumultuous period for the party.
Nwauju revealed, “We officially wrote to the President, outlining the circumstances surrounding the APC in Rivers State and the association of some senior party members with the immediate past governor of our State. It is demeaning for someone who presided over Rivers State while numerous party members were brutally killed to be considered for leadership positions or rewards within our party.”
He added, “This is deeply offensive to a party that has had a troubled history since 2014, and the establishment of the APC in Rivers State has resulted in the loss of innocent lives.”
Nwauju also accused Wike of sponsoring individuals to campaign on his behalf and join the APC in Rivers State. He questioned the motives behind this move and whether the party needed more leadership.
He further revealed that Tony Okocha, the Chief of Staff to the former governor, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, has been advocating for Wike to assume control of the party structure. Okocha has even requested the ministerial slot for Rivers State to be given to Wike, which Nwauju considers outrageous.
He concluded by questioning the disregard for other qualified members of the party who could be considered for the ministerial position.