Rivers govt uncovers plot to blackmail Wike over G-5 demands

The Rivers State government has warned a group allegedly orchestrating a campaign of calumny against Governor Nyesom Wike over his role in the collective demand by the five governors (G-5) of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) for fairness, equity and justice in the party.

Commissioner for Information and Communications, Chris Finebone, who briefed journalists in Port Harcourt, yesterday, displayed document bearing the sinister plot of the group, which was, however, not signed.

“This is the evidence of the plot to blackmail Governor Wike. This is the document and it is entitled, ‘#Proposal to end Wike rascality programme.’

Finebone declared that development is not unexpected by the government and the governor.

He noted that what is sad about the plot was that those behind it have decided to remain faceless.

“We encouraged them to remove their mask and show themselves as the governor and the government is equal to the task of responding to them adequately.”

He pointed out to the fact that the state government already had an idea of the likely identity of the political detractors.

He stated that they were individuals within the party and challenged them to reveal themselves if they are convinced of what they are doing and bold enough for the fight they seek.

“They can’t even sign it (the document) to push for this. It is important we warn them. It is important we also want Nigerians about this scheme. We expect more of them to come. But I can assure you that the governor and the G-5 would rise to the occasion as they continue to start this type of campaign of calumny.”

He also briefed on another decision of the State government to seal off the premises of the EUI Event Centre that is located along Sani Abacha link Road within the Government Reserved Area (GRA) Phase 3, Port Harcourt.

He said the EUI Event Centre had refused to heed several warnings from the Rivers State government instructing them not to allow their activities block the road without the requisite approval.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Austen Ben Chioma, explained the decision followed the Wednesday’s obstruction of free flow of traffic on the road by the management of the EUI Event Centre.