Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has warned the APC against rigging in the 2019 election.
He gave the warning on Saturday when he received hundreds of APC decampees from Opobo-Nkoro Local Government Area at the Government House, Port-Harcourt.
Wike expressed confidence that with the level of projects delivery in Rivers State, it will be difficult for anyone to rig elections.
His words: “If you attempt to rig elections here, then you rig your life. You can’t rig election and go free.
“It is not possible. You want to steal somebody’s vote, anything you see, take it. Robbery is robbery.
“Instead of using resources to execute projects, they are keeping the money to bribe military and police for rigging”, he said.
The governor wondered why the APC Federal Government is unable to organise a peaceful and credible election.
He further announced that the State will hold her Local Government election in 2018.
On the defection, Governor Wike commended the APC decampees and assured them that they will enjoy equal opportunities with existing PDP members.
Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah welcomed the APC defectors, noting that they would contribute to more victories of the PDP in the state.
Also speaking, Senator Adewari Pepple said that the defection is due to outstanding performance of Governor Wike which attracted the APC Members.
Responding, the Arthur Jaja, Chairman of APC Caucus in Opobo-Nkoro Local Government Area said the qualities of Governor Wike convinced them on the need to defect.
He said their defection signals the death of APC in the Local Government Area.
Also speaking, President, Vanguard of Opobo Nation (VON) said that the defection marks a new dawn in the politics of the locality.