Nyesom Wike, Rivers State governor, has urged the federal government to warn the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, to stop making inflammatory remarks capable of destabilising the country.
Wike berated Oshiomhole for saying that Duoye Diri, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will not be sworn in as governor in Bayelsa on Friday.
The APC chairman, while reacting at a press conference to the Supreme Court ruling on Thursday, which nullified the election of David Lyon, APC candidate in the November 2019 gubernatorial election, had said there will be no governor in Bayelsa, saying Diri does not have the requirements that will qualify him to be sworn in as governor.
The Rivers governor has now challenged the government to caution Oshiomhole, saying his comments are capable of destabilising the country.
He said: “The Federal Government should warn Oshiomhole to stop making remarks that will destabilise Nigeria.
“What he is doing in Edo State is not proper and he should not bring it to the rest of the Niger Delta.” He said that Oshiomhole lacks the power to make pronouncements after the Supreme Court has ruled on the Bayelsa matter.
“Who is Oshiomhole to determine who has spread in a state? Supreme Court has made a ruling. It is unfortunate for Oshiomhole to come forward to say that nobody will be sworn in.”
He also said that Oshiomhole is making unguarded statements because he has lost the support of APC governors, hence, he is doing all he can to retain his position.
“It is most unfortunate what Oshiomhole is doing because he wants to retain his position as National Chairman. APC Governors have rejected him, that is why he is struggling to prove that he is fighting for the Party.
“He is making statements as if he owns the country. This is the same way he is carrying on in Edo State fighting the Governor.
“He believes that he has the forces to cause crisis. He is arrogating powers to himself, which is not good”, he also said.
Wike described Oshiomhole as a man who preaches one thing, then goes ahead to practise a different thing.
According to him, the situation in Edo State has exposed Oshiomhole as a godfather, who once preached against godfathers.
He said Oshiomhole would not be allowed to destroy the Niger Delta, adding that the rule of law must continue to prevail at all times.