Wike accuses INEC National Chairman of meeting with Rivers APC leaders to compromise rerun elections


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has accused the National Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmud Yakubu of taking actions that are inimical  to credible  rerun elections in Rivers State by his secret meeting with the Rivers State APC chairman, Davies Ikanya and Senator Magnus Abe on July 19, 2016.

Addressing  thousands of PDP  supporters at the Rivers East PDP Senatorial  Campaign Rally  at Okehi, Etche Local Government Area on Thursday ,  Governor Wike  also regretted  the  unfortunate  posting of compromised policemen  to Rivers State with the aim of damaging the security network  ahead of the rerun elections.

Governor Wike further accused the INEC National Chairman  of  concluding plans to postpone  the July 30 , 2016 rerun  elections in deference to the fear of  defeat expressed by the  leadership of Rivers State APC.

He wondered why anyone would be happy to destroy  Rivers State  just because  they want to satisfy the politician  who funded t APC national elections efforts  using Rivers State resources.

The governor said : “They are frustrating  elections in Rivers State because of one man who sponsored elections for APC.  They have posted electoral officers from APC states to rig elections  and they want to accede to the request of the Rivers State APC to post out the Resident Electoral commissioner.

“But the truth is that nobody  can rig elections in Rivers State.  The INEC National Chairman  only has the power to postpone  elections,  but he has no power to rig elections  here.

“As I speak to you on 19th of July, 2016, the APC chairman,  Davies Ikanya,  Senator Magnus Abe and others, 7.30 to 8pm were with the INEC National Chairman in his office.

“Rivers State is key to the development of this country. Will they continue  to  deny us  representation at the Senate and majority of the constituencies of the House of Representatives?”

He called on the people of Rivers State to continue  to  resist every attempt  by INEC  to rig elections  in  the  state  because  power resides with the people.

According to him : “You saw what happened in Turkey  where the people effectively  resisted the Army who plotted a coup to dethrone  an elected government.  Here in Rivers State,  the people  will resist any attempt  to  use compromised  security personnel  to rig the polls”.

The governor  said that the APC are not campaigning for the rerun elections  because  of the assurances  they have received  that the elections will be  rigged in their favour.

He noted that just as the Rivers APC  backed by security agencies could not swap the result sheets handed over to them by compromised INEC  officials on March 19, 2016, so they will  fail when the forthcoming  rerun elections are conducted as a result  of  the  vigilance of the people.

He reiterated  that  anyone posted to Rivers State  with the aim of rigging the elections  should inform his family the location  of  his hidden wealth as he will  face the treatment  reserved  for armed robbers.

Commenting  on  the  politicised posting of compromised  senior police officers to Rivers State,  Governor Wike  said that he has written  four letters to the new inspector general of police on the issue and made 45 calls to the police chief on the  issue without  getting  a response.

Speaking further, he said  the new inspector general of police posted Mr Akin Fakorede,  the former Officer in Charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad distributed fake SARS  uniforms to APC thugs during  the  March 19 rerun  elections leading to the death of several innocent Rivers people. He also accused Fakorede  of embezzling N18 million meant for the rehabilitation  of  armoured personnel  carrier  before he fled the state after the rerun.

Governor Wike accused the inspector general  of police of posting  one Mustapha  back to the  state after ran away upon his false testimony at the Tribunal. He stated that Mustapha  now heads Mopol 56 in Bori one of the major locations of the rerun  elections.

He added that the Police High Command has also  reposted one  Stephen Asin,  former  Officer in Charge of Special Anti-Robbery Squad,  back to the state after the same officer publicly declared that he will destroy  the  security  network  in the state. He informed that Asin will now head the operations department  of  police in the state.

“My interest is for the security of  the state to be sustained.  We are enjoying relative security  in the state and I will  not fold my arms and allow anyone  destroy the security of the state  through the posting of politicians who hide under police uniforms” , he said.

In his remarks,  Former Minister of Transportation,  Dr Abiye Sekibo  said that the people  of  Rivers State will continue  to  vote PDP  because  it  is  the  only poitical  party that will address the hunger  in  the  country.

Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah assured that the PDP  will win all the forthcoming  rerun  elections  because  of  the performance  of  Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

In his address,  Rivers East Senatorial Candidate,  George Thompson Sekibo urged the people  of  the  district  to reaffirm the elections  of all PDP candidates during the forthcoming rerun election


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