Accuses APC of planning to arrest PDP members
*APC: it is a big lie, We are not police or military men
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on the international community to take serious interest in the plot by the Police to start the indiscriminate arrests of PDP supporters few days to the December 10 rerun elections .
The governor declared that through the state established intelligence channel , he was in possession of the list of PDP supporters earmarked for arrest by the police before the rerun elections .
He spoke on Wednesday during the flag off of the Chokocho-Umuechem-Ozuzu Road in Etche Local Government Area .
He said : “They have written the names of those they want to arrest. In Khana Local Government Area alone, they have earmarked 103 persons for arrest.
“You didn’t arrest them before now, but you want to arrest them at this point because election is approaching “.
The governor called on the people of the state to resist any such politically motivated arrests , pointing out that such actions aimed at promoting the interest of an unpopular APC will not be tolerated.
He said : “Now that it is obvious that the APC cannot win, they should forget about these rerun elections and wait for another time. There is no need creating crisis when the APC is unpopular in Rivers State “.
Governor Wike noted that it is the fraudulent plots of the APC in liaison with the police and INEC that generates tension, which could lead to violence .
“We want free and fair elections .They should allow our people to choose their leaders in peace because nobody will be allowed to rig elections here”, he said.
On the Chokocho-Umuechem-Ozuzu Road, Governor Wike said that the state government is committed to improving the economic fortunes of the Etche people .
He said that the road contract was previously awarded to Mr Ogbonna Nwuke , an APC Chieftain who pocketed the money and abandoned the work.
He said: “This is a day of reckoning . This is a time to punish Mr Nwuke who collected the money for the Chokocho-Umuechem-Ozuzu Road , refused to execute the project, but is now seeking the mandate of the Etche people “.
Governor Wike called on Etche people to vote PDP candidates in the rerun elections as that will help in consolidating the development of the state .
But the APC state Publicity Secretary, Chris Finebone said governor Wike and PDP are being haunted by their ignoble past concerning election rigging.
Finebone said: “ We are not police or military men to arrest PDP members , strangely their weird dream seems to continue to trouble them unabated it is a big lie from the pit of hell and hawked by the governor and his men.