INEC is plotting to rig 2019 elections — Wike


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission  ( INEC) is working  in concert  with the All Progressives Congress  ( APC) to rig the 2019 General Elections.

The governor  also  announced the construction of Odufor-Akpoku-Umuoye Road as s reward  to Etche people for voting  massively  for the PDP during  the  Etche/ Omuma Federal Constituency supplementary  elections.

Speaking on Saturday  during a thank you visit to Etche Local Government Area for their support to the   PDP during the Supplementary Elections, Governor Wike said: “INEC is planning  to rig the 2019 General elections.

“They claim they are re-deploying the 23 Electoral Officers in the state. But we have authentic  intelligence  report that INEC  has consulted APC  and they plan to post pliant Electoral Officers  from APC  states to Rivers State.

“These pliant Electoral Officers  being handpicked from APC  states are to help in rigging the elections in 2019 “.

Governor Wike  said that no level of fraudulent  postings by INEC  to Rivers  State  will lead to a favourable  ground for rigging elections.

“If they like, let them post their fathers to Rivers State, we will  resist any attempt to rig the 2019 elections  in the state.  Our people  will remain  vigilant.

“They can rig in another state, certainly not Rivers State.  For us, we must elect our representatives  through  the democratic process.  Nobody will intimidate us”, he said.

He noted that if INEC  planned to  re-position the electoral  system, such reform must start from the top. The governor  said  reforms from the bottom smacks of hypocrisy.

He said: “The head is rotten. You have to cut off the  head. They should first  cut off the head before  coming down to the lower rung of the ladder “.

The governor  said nobody  died during the February 25, 2017 Etche/ Omuma Federal Constituency elections because  security agencies acted professionally.

He added that  once security  agencies  follow  electoral guidelines, elections will hold peacefully  and the actual  representatives  of the people will always emerge.

While commending the Etche people for standing  firm during  the  Supplementary Elections, Governor Wike  assured them that they will always  benefit  from his administration.

Member  Representing Etche/ OmumaFederal Constituency , Chief Jerome Eke said that the several rerun elections  in  the  state  have confirmed  Governor Wike  as a true leader  of the state who has the support of the people.

He said: “They ordered several rerun elections in Rivers State, instead Governor Wike  is now more popular  as the entire  country  has realised  that he is on ground and controls the Rivers political  space “

Winner of the Etche State Constituency 2, Mr Tony Ejiogu  dedicated  his victory  to Governor Wike  for his delivery of projects  to Etche people, which convinced the people  to vote for PDP.

The governor was accompanied  to Etche by Former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia, Former Deputy Speaker, Austin Opara, Etche PDP Leader, Prince Emma Anyanwu, Senator Lee Maeba, Former Minister of Transport, Dr Abiye Sekibo  and Edo State PDP Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih.

Earlier, Governor  Wike witnessed the burial of Late Mrs Catherine Onuchuku, mother of the Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Port Harcourt, Prof Okey Onuchuku.

The governor also inspected  the ongoing construction of the State Ecumenical Centre.


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