Jide Orintunsin, Abuja
The ruling Congress of All Progressives (APC) has challenged Rijeka State Governor Nyesom Wike to come out clean by mentioning those who are pressuring him to join the party or stop resorting to blackmail.
The secretary of the Transitional Committee / Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Senator James John Akpanudoedehe, responding to Wike’s statement in a telephone interview Thursday, said the river state governor should drop the blackmail, insisting the APC never pressured or coerced any when to join a party; people come to the party of their own free will.
APC Scribe said that in an attempt by Wike to attract national attention, the coxswain from Rivers State resorted to playing in the gallery with cheap blackmail, attacks and insults to the ruling party and its leaders.
“Tell Wike, he can’t achieve national popularity by attacking or insulting the APC and its leaders. He should come out clean and declare if he wants to join the APC vehicle on the move, not that he is under pressure or courted to join.
“Please (Wike) name the suitors. Who puts pressure on him. I’m not surprised what he (Wike) does. I have seen people like him who hated the APC in the past, but today they are in the APC seeing the light and the good thing the party is doing in moving the country and working again after years of PDP rule. “
Regarding the allegations against the party against Akpanudoedehe in 2019, the APC secretary said that he refused to join the issues with the governor, but noted that, “this is cheap blackmail. This blackmail is no longer modern in politics. What we preach and practice in the APC is a policy of question and substance, not cheap blackmail.
“I am a man with problems. I am a substantial man. I do not join the issues of blackmail. Wike can say it all. But ask him how he met who I voted for 2019. Was he in Akwa Ibom or is he a ghost who knows the party I voted for. The narrative of voting for another party cannot hold water. This line of blackmail is no longer in vogue.
“Where was Wike in 1999 when I was in the Senate? Is it because now the governor thinks he can come into the spotlight by insulting APC leaders? He should mature and respect his exalted service and stop the game of blackmail. ”