By Stanley Onyekwere
The Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative has called on by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to stop campaign of calumny through sponsorship of popular protests against President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Coalition alleged that the planned violent exercise would be portrayed as a backlash against the outcome of the gubernatorial election in Rivers State.
Making this known in an emergency press conference yesterday in Abuja, the group advised Wike to be brave and accept rejection by his own people rather than embark on a self-destructive mission.
According to the group’s National Coordinator, Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi, Governor Wike has strategised with foreign-trained mercenaries to shut down Abuja, stretching to other parts of Nigeria – in the guise of protests.
“What we uncovered is a plan by the Rivers state governor, Mr Nyesom Wike to overwhelm and shut down Abuja with violent protests.
“This campaign of calumny, planned by Wike, would be branded and promoted as popular protests against President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Armed Forces. Wike’s Adviser on Media, Simeon Nwakudu has been mobilized with an estimated N200 Million to execute this evil plot.
“Nwakudu has instructed them to be on standby to mobilize protests against their losses, even when the candidates that did not win are well aware that they lost for other reasons.
“The protestors would reportedly claim their actions are in response to the outcome of the election in Rivers state, and the protests in Abuja will be used as a cover to infiltrate the nation’s capital with militants, some of whom have trained as terrorists abroad.
“The intention is for these militants to blend with the population in Abuja and start planting bombs and attacking residents in terror attacks. There are a series of threats from the online units of these militants that prove this aspect of the plan.
“Should the Abuja leg of the protest succeed, other cities will become victims of the violence, bombings, arson and looting that are the agreed modus operandi of the protests, which is meant to anger other citizens and provoke law enforcement agencies to deploy corresponding force in restoring normalcy.
“These paid protestors will be accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of deploying the military to intimidate voters during the elections.
“If he were as popular among the people of his state as he claims they he should have garnered votes that give him outright win at the polls with the kind of percentage difference President Buhari won over his closest rival,” the Coalition stressed.