The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday blamed Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike and PDP Rivers State for the death of activist lawyer, Bar Ken Atsuete.
Atsuete, lawyer to Rivers State APC, was on Sunday night killed by unknown gunmen in Port Harcourt.
APC Chairman (Rivers), Davis Ibiamu Ikanya, in a statement adduced reasons to justify the claim, saying Wike was a bad “omen” who was not interested in the “peace and progress” of the state.
“Governor Wike and his PDP gang of vampires in Rivers State have once again exhibited the only act of governance known to them by plotting the assassination of Barrister Ken Atsuete, a well known fiery critic of Wike’s administration and defender of Rivers State APC.
“Barr Asuete, a renowned human rights activist who was one of the speakers at the just concluded conference of the Nigerian Bar Association held in Port Harcourt, must have been assassinated principally for his stoic stand against the evil administration of Wike in Rivers State. The other reason why Barr. Atsuete was killed was for his several petitions to the Inspector General of Police and to the Chief Justice of the Federation against the Chief Judge of Rivers State for being partisan by remanding his client Ojukaye Flag Amachree unjustly and wickedly.
“The other fact that may have triggered the killing of this harmless man was his live interview on Nigeria Info 92.3FM radio station, in which he revealed that Wike and his myopic and misguided legal team procured a fake court order on the release of Tai election result to deceive themselves and the general public,” Ikanya said.
He alleged that Wike had always harboured resentment against the deceased over his outspoken nature against the ills of his government.
He said: “Wike right from the beginning has had serious phobia for the person of Barr. Asuete’s client, the former Chairman of Asari-Toru Local Government Area, Ojukaye Flag Amachree, the prisoner of war in the hands of Wike and his misguided government whom Wike and his PDP are afraid that if he is released before the rerun elections, PDP will fail woefully based on his popularity among the youths in Rivers State. Their belief is that in order to keep him off the field, Barr. Asuete had to die.
“We have shouted ourselves hoarse that Wike is a bad omen for the Nigerian politics and that his forceful seizure of power is a bad omen for Rivers State since he is not interested in the peace and progress of the state and her people. We are aware that Wike and PDP are not interested in any peaceful election in Rivers State, hence they are doing everything within their powers to frustrate the peace in the state so as to ensure that the rerun elections never hold.”
On insecurity in Rivers State, the party said, “Nobody is safe anymore in Wike’s Rivers of blood as he recently granted amnesty to hardened criminals and granted them freedom to move freely without recovering their arms and ammunition to enable them ensure that Rivers State will never know peace. To sustain his war against Rivers people he has brought back the creek boys who were used to rig and maim Rivers people during the ill-fated 2015 elections to the streets to continue with their killing spree.”