The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that Governor Nyesom Wike bribed the Rivers State Deputy Chairman of African Action Congress (AAC), Amezhinim Atuma, to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Atuma’s defection came three days after the AAC deputy governorship candidate, Chief Akpo Yeeh, joined the PDP.
Reacting, APC spokesman in Rivers, Chris Finebone said Wike was inducing opposition figures in a bid to remain in power.
A statement he signed reads: “No one should be surprised. In a state where the government is said to be government of one man, by one man and for one man, the people are bound to suffer poverty of the worst type.
“In almost four years of Wike, Rivers people have become so impoverished that a meal a day is a major challenge.
“So, if Rivers governor has chosen to dangle baits at AAC members to abandon their mandate, it should not really be a surprise.
“Wike dangled N3 billion at Engr. Biokpomabo Awara, the AAC’s governorship candidate, and he (Awara) turned it down.
“Then, the governor turned to the deputy governorship candidate (Yeeh) with N200 million and got his (Awara’s) man.
“This time, the deputy chairman has also swallowed the bait and jumped ship. It might just be that Wike might be the loser at last, while those he bribed feel they had to survive, though in exchange with their conscience. It is despicable.”