Austin Tam-George, the information and communication commissioner of Rivers State, has slammed the All Progressives Congress, APC, of Rivers State for perpetuating a campaign of falsehood.
In an e-mailed statement on Sunday, September 25, 2016, Dr. Tam-George challenged the APC to provide the proof that he made a statement which the party attributed to him.
“The attention of the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr Austin Tam-George, has been drawn to a scurrilous media statement recently circulated by the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC,” the statement said.
“In the statement signed by one Eze Chukuemeka Eze, the Rivers information commissioner was quoted as having said, ‘The ongoing killings in Rivers State are a normal thing’.
“The commissioner categorically denies ever making such a statement, and challenged the APC to provide proof.
“APC is the first political party in Nigeria founded entirely on the ideology of deception,” the commissioner said.
Dr Tam-George condemned the desperate tactics of the APC, and warned the party to desist from making defamatory statements against public officials.
The commissioner regretted that leaders of the APC in Rivers State have been completely unable to contribute to ongoing efforts by Governor Nyesom Wike to develop the state.
“The APC leaders in Rivers State seem to be more interested in their shiny hats and cosmetic bags at media briefings,” the commissioner said.
“Hardly would you hear them engage in a meaningful debate on how to put the state on a sustainable trajectory of growth.
‘The APC itself has no lofty ideas. It’s leaders seem driven only by a neurosis for power for it’s own sake,” Dr. Tam-George maintained.