From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
The All Progressive Congress (APC) has described the attempts by Governor Nyesom Wike to showcase himself as a friend of the NYSC following the killing of an NYSC in the state as a crocodile tears.
The party said the corps member who served as an INEC ad-hoc staff, Okonta Samuel, with call-up number RV/15B/5539, and the increase of Corpers’ allowances announced by the governor as dim-witted actions aimed at bribing Youth Corp members for the suspended rerun elections, not necessarily for the love of NYSC members.
“It is shocking that after Gov Wike created the atmosphere that led to the death of lateOkonta Samuel, the governor has since embarked on shameless actions meant to deceive Corp members and other Nigerians.
“As an INEC ad-hoc staff, late Samuel Okonta and his colleagues were asked by Nyesom Wike to write their will because they might be killed during the rerun elections.
“ After Wike’s threat materialised, it was shocking to see the governor rush to sign the condolence register of late Samuel Okonta. By signing the condolence register, the APC believes that Gov. Wike actually countersigned the will written by late Okonta on the advice of the governor.
“Not done with his familiar ego trip in political opportunism, Gov. Wike announced that the Rivers State Government will immortalise the dead Corp member. However, the APC wishes to advise Nyesom Wike that members of the NYSC and others who function as INEC ad-hoc and permanent staff would prefer to remain alive than to be sent to their early graves and later immortalised by Nyesom Wike and his government.”