The social media was agog on Thursday over the allegation of an order by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike for the removal of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) flags from the Government House and other official locations in the state.
Some online news outlets had earlier alleged that Governor Wike ordered his Chief of Staff (Engr Chukwuemeka Woke) to strip the entire Government House, Port Harcourt of the PDP flags, a development which by implication means that Rivers State is no more a PDP State.
However, multiple credible sources within Government House wondered where such rumour could have emanated from.”Fake news”, one of them replied.
Meanwhile, another source who is very close to the state government said the story was an “outright falsehood from the lowest part of hell. This is not true and the governor, His Excellency Bar Nyesom Wike remains a member of the PDP.
“We in Rivers State are used to such unfounded rumours. Remember there was a time they even peddled that Governor Wike had left for the APC immediately after the PDP presidential primaries. People should be wary of what they put out in the public space because we are in a very sensitive political season as we begin countdown for the 2023 elections”, the source said.
It was learnt that the PDP flags were still in the Government House thereby making the story of removal a fake one.
It will be recalled that Wike is in disagreement with the leadership of the PDP, particularly the party’s presidential flag bearer and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar on issues bothering on fairness and justice in the party.
But on Tuesday, the Rivers State governor invited his Lagos State counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the commissioning of some road projects in Rivers State.
It should be noted that the invitation of an APC governor from the same Lagos State where the APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, comes from sent jitters down the spines of the PDP members.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.