Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has blasted the APC-led Federal Government following the sudden removal of the Chief Security Officer (CSO), to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
Rivers State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Francis Odesanya, had on Monday withdrawn the governor’s CSO, less than five days to the State’s legislative re-run election.
According to Odesanya, the move was necessary to prevent security operatives attached to the governor from going close to the polling units with guns and ammunition, during this Saturday’s re-run elections.
However, the decision did not go down well with the Ekiti governor, who accused the Buhari-led administration of trying to “subvert the will of the people” by favouring the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said: “With this ignoble action by the federal government, it is now clear that the government is out to subvert the will of the people of Rivers State by whatever means in favour of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
“Nigeria deserves total attention from the international community at this time. The international community should not look the other way while those holding power in Abuja plunge the country into crisis of international magnitude.
The governor reminded President Muhammadu Buhari of his inauguration speech, where he swore to protect all Nigerians, irrespective of the party they belong to.
“How can anyone tamper with security aides of a State Governor without his consent? How can the Chief Security Officer of a state governor be changed without the consent of the governor? Isn’t it now clear that they actually want to kill Governor Wike before the Saturday election?”
Meanwhile, Rivers State’s Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr. Austin Tam-George claimed the governor’s chief security officer was withdrawn after a television interview in which Wike had allegedly blamed security agencies for launching a campaign of persecution against officials of the state government.
“We are concerned that the governor of a state will not be consulted before the removal of his chief security officer. This is an ominous sign that the governor’s life is in great danger.”
Tams-George urged the people to resist by all legitimate means the alleged attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to steal the sovereign right of the people to freely choose their own leaders.
Wike had in the televised interview in Port Harcourt claimed that several actions of the electoral body “connote that it is working for a specific political interest and political party.”
The governor further confirmed that the Police High Command has withdrawn 200 out of the 250 policemen posted to the Government House, Port Harcourt.
“There is an agenda against the Rivers State. I have to defend my people. I have to protect my people,” Wike said.