Governor Wike To INEC: You Are Plotting To Rig 2019 Elections

Governor Wike To INEC: You Are Plotting To Rig 2019 Elections

Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has alleged  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  made this allegation while speaking at the weekend   during a thank you visit to Etche Local Government Area for their support to the   PDP during the Supplementary Elections.

 Governor Wike said while addressing the PDP supporters in the area alleged that, “INEC is planning  to rig the 2019 General elections”. 

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

Governor Wike said: “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 “