Rivers Rerun : Wike says APC Govt is using Nigerian Army and SARS personnel to hijack election materials

Governor Wike

Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has accused the Nigerian Army and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad ( SARS) of the Nigerian Police of killing PDP agents, hijacking  electoral materials and working to deliver  a particular  candidate in Rivers South-East Senatorial District .

The governor  added that no matter  the use of the Nigerian Army and SARS personnel by the APC  Government, Rivers State  will never be conquered .

Governor Wike , reacting  to  the  mass shootings by the Nigerian Army and the Police in Khana, Gokana , Akuku-Toru and Etche Local Government Areas  on Election Day , Governor  Wike said  that the Security Agencies  were deployed to the State to manipulate the  result of the polls.

He said that  true to the claim by the APC Governors and leaders that they will use Federal Might against the Rivers people, the military have been used to rig rerun elections in  parts of  the State .

The governor  said  that  in Khana Local Government Area , election  Materials for the entire  Local Government Area  were hijacked by the  Nigerian Army and SARS personnel .

He added that in Gokana Local Government Area ,  soldiers hijacked  election materials  for  Wards 2 and 3 in Bodo City where the military also killed two persons in the process of fleeing  with the materials.

Governor Wike  said that out of the 19 wards of Etche Local Government Area , soldiers and SARS personnel  hijacked  election materials for  4 wards.

He informed that One Mr Charles Anyanwu , Etche APC Chieftain has been arrested with two AK47. He noted that the security  agencies  may release him .

The governor  noted that the unfortunate  onslaught  by the military and SARS  personnel  started in the night of Friday , when the Minister of Transportation , Rotimi Amaechi  backed by a battalion of soldiers and over 20 SARS  personnel  attempted  to hijack materials  from the Isiokpo INEC  headquarters , but was resisted by youths.

He thanked God that there was no loss of  lives on Friday  night at Isiokpo in Ikwerre Local Government Area .

Governor Wike  noted that in Opobo-Nkoro Local Government Area , soldiers hijacked  election materials and took same to the home of Dr Sam Sam Jaja  of APC .

He said: “I anticipated  it. I tried to let the world to know that these are the plans of the security  agencies .

“In all my political  career, I have  never experienced this kind  of  invasion  by security agencies .  What causes violence is when you give certain persons  undue advantage .

“Be assured that we are resisting  it, it may take our lives, but we will resist  to the last . That is what  is  expected , when you  are fighting  for  freedom. You must make sacrifices.

“It is unfortunate that we are congratulating  the opposition  for winning in Ghana, but here the military are directly involved in rigging  and hijacking materials . “

The governor  added: “They say that they want to give Rivers State Governor problems, but you are not giving Rivers State Governor problems, you are giving Nigeria problems”.

He noted that he has informed a National Commissioner  of INEC and the Resident Electoral Commissioner   on the problems in Khana Local Government Area and  Gokana LGA  and he was  assured that action would  be taken.


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