Rivers Rerun: Police Authority Has Withdrawn 200 Policemen From Government House, Says Wike

Rivers Rerun: Police Authority Has Withdrawn 200 Policemen From Government House, Says Wike

CP: it’s not true; the police men are there with him

*APC: Majority of Rivers people no longer listen to Governor Wike’s allegations

Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has reaffirmed  that  the Police High Command  has withdrawn  200 out of the 250 policemen  posted to Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt.

The governor said  that  ahead of the rerun elections , the police is overtly partisan.

Speaking on Channels Television Flagship Breakfast Programme: “Sunrise Daily” on Monday, Governor Wike said that several actions of the Electoral body connote that it is working for a specific political interest and political party;

He said: “They have assigned Special Anti-Robbery Squad ( SARS) personnel  to APC Candidates , without  assigning any to PDP candidates .

“These SARS personnel have been assigned to the APC candidates for them to intimidate PDP supporters on Election Day.

“I have written the Inspector General of Police five letters that the Assistant Commissioner of Police, in charge of Operations, Steven Hasso and the Commander of SARS, Akin Fakorede have threatened to kill me. But the Inspector General has not replied even one letter.

The governor further confirmed that the Police High Command has withdrawn  200 out of the 250 policemen  posted to Government House , Port Harcourt .

But the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, CP Francis Odesanya said the issue of withdrawal of police personnel is nothing  but a false allegation, adding that officers are there at the government house.

He calls on the journalists in the state to investigate the allegation and confirm to the truth to the public.

He said: “Go to the government House the police men are there, I don’t want to be repeating the same issue. If the governor said I have withdrawn his police personnel then it is the work of an investigation journalist to find out the truth in the allegation. I don’t want to be joining issues with him.”

 Governor Wike also accused the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) of overheating the polity by its actions that don’t inspire confidence  in stakeholders .

The governor  also reaffirmed  his statement  that security  agencies  operating in  the  state  are planning  to assassinate him .

Governor Wike  said all his public statements against INEC and the Police  are backed by incontrovertible  facts and intelligence  in his possession .

He said aside weak press statements, INEC and Police have failed to deny these weighty allegations

He said that during the March 19 Rerun elections in Rivers State , INEC suspended  elections  in 8 Local Government Areas including Tai Local Government Area , only for the same INEC  to wake up four months  later to concoct results in favour of the APC .

The governor  pointed  out that INEC  did not list Tai Local Government Area as one of the areas where rerun  elections  would be held , noting  that such action was unbecoming .

He recalled  that before  the  March 19 rerun elections , he made clear statements  on the fact that INEC  planned to use APC  members as collation officers . He said  it was proven that majority  of  the collation  officers  who ran  away from  collation centres were card carrying  APC members.

He added thay there was also the issue of  fake result sheets raised by the him for the March 19 Rerun elections , which INEC  vehemently denied, but on March 19, the elections were suspended  in 8 LGAS because electoral officers  introduced fake result sheets , which were resisted  by the  people . 

He noted that for the December 10 rerun elections  , despite the fact that training  was still going on, INEC  released a list of  adhoc staff to conduct the December 10 rerun elections dominated  by APC members .  

Governor Wike said: “There is an agenda against Rivers State .  I have to defend my people .  I have to protect my people “.

He reiterated  his  earlier statement that he was in possession  of  a  video footages which detail  how the Rivers State Police Commissioner and others plotted to rig the rerun elections .

The governor  said  that when released at the appropriate  time, the video   would shock the nation as to the  extent the security , INEC and Police rigging  machine  are willing to  go to steal the mandate of Rivers people .

“Our own position  is that people  should be allowed to vote. They are prepared  to lose seven states, in as much as they can take Rivers State “, he said .

He said  that  PDP  remains  the party of choice in the state because  his administration has massively  developed the state .

“It is our performance that gives us confidence that we will win. We are always commissioning and flagging off projects .  We have made positive  impact on our people .

“When I walk on the streets, you see people troop out, very happy .  There is no part of this state, I have sited a project. That is what gives me joy.

“My joy is that we are paying salaries  up to date. We have paid pension arrears .  There is nothing APC  will use to campaign against  us”.

He noted that Rivers State  is one of the most peaceful of the Federation where oil exploitation  is taking place  without  vandalism  of  pipelines .  He stressed that the State Government  through funding  of security logistics and community  networking; has ensured the protection  of national assets.

The governor said : “We are protecting national assets in Rivers State and there has been no pipeline  vandalism in the state .  Nobody has commended us. Whatever you achieve supporting the Federal Government, they will never agree”.

Meanwhile, the Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Chris Finebone said majority of Rivers people no longer listen to governor following his numerous allegations on daily bases.    

He said The governor is free to continue to say what he is saying but majority of Rivers people are not listening to him again.

Finebone said:  “APC members are busy campaigning, There is no truth in the allegation  that APC members are the one recruited by INEC, don’t forget that he has also accused the Inspector General of Police of planning to rig the election, this things are not true majority of Rivers people know the truth and they have decided to ignore him”