The All Progressives Congress, APC, Rivers State has accused Governor Nyesom Wike of sponsoring the protest against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force in Port Harcourt, the state capital on Friday.
The accusation was contained in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone, yesterday.
The APC said that the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Emma Okah, had issued a press release earlier, accusing the APC of planning to organise a solidarity rally in favour of SARS.
The party pointed out that the Commissioner’s press release was an attempt by the commissioner to divert attention from the anti-SARS protest.
The statement said, “To the APC, the Wike- organised anti- SARS march funded and publicised by the Rivers State Government last Friday was only a small part of the strategic scheme by Gov. Nyesom Wike generally targeted at demonising, destabilising and demoralising security agencies in the state.
“We have stated it over and over again that having thrown every imaginable bait at Mr. Fakorede (SARS Commander in Rivers State), but failing to compromise the officer, Gov. Wike is hell- bent on seeing off (transferring) Akin Fakorede from Rivers State especially as 2019 elections approach,” the state APC said.
The party called on Wike to have a change of heart and allow security agencies carry out their job professionally.