Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Rivers election re-run: Wike alleges rigging plot
Rivers State's Governor, Mr Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, says the state government will in coming weeks release an audio-visual footage of a plot to rig the forthcoming re-run election in the state.
He said that the video had the Rivers State Police Commissioner and politicians plan on the methods to be adopted for the planned rigging of the December 10 re-run elections.
Flagging off the rehabilitation of a General Hospital in Abonnema in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area on Monday, Governor Wike said that the audio-visual footage would be made public through different media platforms “to expose the extreme rigging desires of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with the backing of the police and other security agencies”.
Giving a hint of what may likely be in the video, he said that 600 policemen working with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state had already been distributed by the Police Commissioner to prominent leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on a local government basis for the indiscriminate arrests of the Peoples Democratic Party's supporters few days to the election.
The governor added that the 600 SARS personnel distributed would also be used to unleash unprecedented violence on the people on election day, so that the leaders of the APC would have time to substitute results sheets handed over to them by the INEC leadership.
He said: “We are now in possession of the DVD of how the Police Commissioner and some politicians were planning on how to rig the forthcoming Legislative re-run elections in Rivers State.
At the appropriate time, we shall release the materials for Nigerians to understand the depth of the electoral fraud being perpetrated by INEC and Police.
“For the security of this all-important audio-visual material, we have mass produced them and kept them at different locations. Nigerians are entitled to know the truth about the unfortunate rigging machine.
“Now that we have caught them on tape, this will shake the world. Rivers State is not like other states where you can plot and execute easy rigging plans.
“We are ahead of them by 50 steps. If they take one step, we take 50. On behalf of our people, we shall continue to monitor these persons who are trying to steal the mandate of our people,” Governor Wike claimed.
Also on Monday, while flagging-off the rehabilitation of General Hospital, Buguma, Governor Wike urged the people of Asari-Toru and Akuku-Toru Local Government Areas to continue to support the PDP and vote all PDP candidates during the re-run elections.
He said: “The PDP has performed in sectors neglected by the immediate past APC administration in the State”, insisting that the era of empty promises are gone.
Governor Wike further pointed out that the people would always stand with the PDP for its performance.
The flag-off ceremony was attended by members of the National and State Assemblies, prominent politicians, traditional rulers, clerics, youth and women groups.