Test your popularity; conduct LG poll in Rivers, APC challenges Fubara 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has challenged the Rivers state governor, Sim Fubara, to test his popularity by conducting local government elections in the state to know his political strength.

The party also declared that under Governor Fubara “Rivers state is more than drifting to a pariah state, to atrophying into abysmal oblivion, to say the least.”

Addressing a press conference Friday in Abuja, in response to Thursday’s media briefing by some PDP chieftains who declared support for President Bola Tinubu and Governor Fubara, the APC chairman in the state, Chief Tony Okocha, who described Dr. Abiye Sekibo-led PDP group as “crisis merchants,” said if the group felt concerned, it would have been “honourable for them to look inwards to seek solutions to the problems than constituting themselves as snitches and fifth columnists.”

Present at the briefing aside Dr. Abiye Sekibo were Uche Secondus; former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Austin Opara; Celestine Omehia, former deputy governor of the state, Tele Ikuru; Senator Lee Maeba; and former Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Dr. Gabriel Pidomson, among others.

Okocha said the political crisis in Rivers state “is self-inflicted, I reiterate. Both the governor of Rivers state and the 32 Assembly members were of the same party and family, with H.E. E. N Wike, as father.”

He said, “If the mid-night pseudo lovers of Mr. President as shown in the text under critique, now are convinced that Mr. President is abundantly fit and proper to preside over Nigeria and that his ten months in office has provided Renewed Hope for an Eldorado for Nigerians and choose to recant their hitherto unsavoury and unprintable toxics against Mr. President, they should follow the proper channels allowed for porting or decamping to a new party.

“This approach of brow-beating and blackmailing they intend to use, is not fashionable at all.

“No sane host tolerates a guest who attempts to enter his/her house, through the window when the door is open. When have they repented and withdrawn their suits in court, challenging the Powers of Mr. President to mediate in the political crisis in Rivers state?”