From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has stated that some of the security agencies deviated from decisions reached during the State Security Council on the deployment of personnel to security flaspoints to secure lives and property in the course of the rerun elections.
Addressing traditional rulers from the 23 Local Government Areas on Wednesday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said none of the strategies that were collectively mapped out was implemented.
He said that the state government on its own furnished all the security agencies with the required support to carry out their security responsibilities before, during and after the elections.
The governor said that he invited the traditional rulers because of the need for them to get first hand information on efforts by the state government to ensure security for all the people of the state.
He said: “Before the elections, I wrote to INEC National Chairman on the challenges that would affect the elections and that they could cause crisis. I wrote to them on the compromised list of Adhoc staff that favoured a particular political party. INEC failed to acts on our concerns.”
He reiterated that the people of the state will at no time allow the rigging of elections under any guise.
In his response, Chairman of the Rivers State Traditional Rulers Council, High Royal Majesty, the Amayanabo of Opobo, Dandeson Jaja thanked the Governor for carrying the traditional rulers along.
Also speaking, the Amayanabo of Abonnema, High Royal Majesty Bob-Manuel Robinson said that contrary to news reports, the slain soldiers were not killed near Abonnema.