A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers and an ally of Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, Chidi Lloyd, has bemoaned alleged treatment President Muhammadu Buhari has meted out to the party in the state.
Lloyd, who is also the director-general of the campaign organisation of Tonye Cole, governorship candidate of the Amaechi faction of APC in the state, accused Buhari of turning his back against the party in Rivers “when they needed him the most.”
The March 9 governorship and state assembly elections in the state was suspended by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over widespread election irregularities.
Amaechi, and his APC party, which was barred by the court from participating in the exercise, as well as the Nigerian Army, have been accused in some quarters of playing parts in the disruption of the state elections.
Speaking on the development in Rivers when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Lloyd lamented that Buhari abandoned APC in Rivers to its fate despite the way the party is treated in the state, which he claimed, was due to its members’ support for Buhari in 2015.
He also claimed that the state’s election results were doctored till the exercise was suspended because Buhari turned his back on party members in the state.
“The party is being treated like this in the state because of our support for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and unfortunately for those who supported the president, he has turned his back on us.
“We are in pains, we are in pains to watch President Buhari do this to us… President Buhari should open up a probe into the activities of INEC,” he said.
Lloyd further accused INEC of using PDP supporters as “collation officers in the state.”