Governor Wike Berates INEC For Plotting To Use Compromised Collation Officers

Governor Wike Berates INEC For Plotting To Use Compromised Collation Officers
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

▪Urges youths to defend votes

▪declares his commitment  to  peaceful polls
Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has berated the Independent National Electoral Commission for refusing to be transparent on the list of Collation Officers that would be used for the December 10 rerun elections .
The governor  also  called on the electorate not to be intimidated  by the plot by the Police, INEC  and APC  to use state violence  to intimidate  voters and cart away election  materials .
Speaking  in Andoni and Opobo-Nkoro Local Government Areas on Tuesday while flagging off the rehabilitation of General Hospitals Opobo and Ngo and the completion of Ogoni Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road , Governor Wike said that INEC is keeping the list of collation officers secret, so that it will use APC  members for this strategic role .
He noted that some constituencies  were declared inconclusive  during the March 19 Rerun elections because APC members  appointed as Collation Officers  by INEC fled when they realised that PDP  was winning .
The governor  urged INEC  to  release the list of collation officers for public scrutiny for transparency and accountability .
He said : “INEC must make the list of collation  officers  public .  No matter what INEC does, the list of collation officers must be known.
“We must remain vigilant. After voting, women should go home, while youths should remain  to protect votes from the polling units to the collation  centres .  The youths must wait until  the  results are announced and party agents in possession of declared results.
“Nobody should intimidate you with security agents .  How many  persons can they kill? How many people can they beat up ? We must defend our votes”.
The governor said : “On December 10, we shall drive Satan, the Lucifer and his devilish agents from Rivers State .  These are the people who embezzled Rivers money, used the funds to sponsor national  politics. Saturday , December 10 is their day of reckoning .
“Satan will disappear  from Rivers  on Saturday.  Why would someone hate his people so much that he teams up with  outsiders to cause  them pain?”
Governor Wike  announced that he remains committed to peace. He pointed out that he has been making public  statements of the elections and negative plots of APC , because  he believes  that by alerting the world, the APC leaders, Police and INEC  , plotting to rig would be called to order.
He called on the International community to  assist  in stopping APC  from using security agencies to  rig the rerun elections alongside INEC .