The Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike has said that what has happened in the state where the security operatives were allegedly engaged in electoral fraud and intimidation of the people of the state in the Saturday’s re-run election will not happen again in 2019.
Governor Wike who said this after leading a victory march across the state following INEC’s announcement that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had won both the Rivers East and West senatorial districts seats, also said that since the security agencies whom he pays have decided to collect their allowances from the state and still turn against them, he has equally decided to stop paying them, directing them to the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, for their subsequent payments.
This was made available in a statement by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu on Monday.
“What has happened today will not happen in 2019. Now they have told us, they will see that we will also be prepared. This will not happen again.”
“I have told the security agencies, you come and collect security money from me and use it against Rivers people. Enough is enough. They will now be depending on NDDC for their funding. Let me see where it will take them to”.
The governor added: “Rivers people must work as brothers and sisters and defend our interests. We don’t have Police, we don’t have army, but we have God. And so, we must put our house in order and be our own police, be our own Army.”
“We have no confidence in the Army, we have no confidence in the polic , we have no confidence in the SSS. They have shown that there is no democracy in Nigeria.”
The governor added that politicians like the Minister of Transportation who are not on ground will never win elections in Rivers State.
He noted that those who attempted to re-colonise Rivers State by donating monies from their state governments have been shamed by the vigilance of the people.
He said: “Wherever they are, shame unto them. Whether they are in Abuja, Plateau, Bauchi, Benue or Kano, shame unto them. Shame to the Governor of Plateau, Shame to the Governor of Bauchi , Shame to the Governor of Benue. They should bury their heads in shame.”