Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the Police High Command through the State Commander of Special Anti-Robbery Squad ( SARS), Mr Akin Fakorede has distributed SARS personnel to APC candidates and chieftains for the December 10 rerun elections .
The governor said that the SARS personnel were assigned to the APC candidates and Chieftains for the purpose of snatching election materials and the intimidation of PDP supporters .
Speaking while flagging off the construction of the General Hospital in Omoku , Governor Wike wondered why politicians who are expected to stay away from polling units will allocated such SARS personnel to wreak electoral violence .
Giving a breakdown of some of the APC leaders allocated the SARS Personnel , Governor Wike said APC Rivers East Senatorial Candidate , Mr Andrew Uchendu was allocated 27 men, Mr Ojukaye Flag-Amachree standing trial for murder was allocated 10 men, APC Candidate for Okrika / Ogu-Bolo Federal constituency , Maureen Tamuno got 10men while Azubuike Wanjoku , Ogbonna Nwuke and Barry Mpigi were allocated 10men each.
He said that the Police Command after allocating mass security to APC candidates for the rerun elections , have left all PDP candidates for the same elections without security .
He said the resolution to use security personnel for rigging the December 10 rerun elections will not succeed in Rivers State as the youths will stand to defend their votes.
He said : “Despite these fraudulent allocation of security personnel to APC candidates , I urge our people to remain vigilant and don’t be afraid .
“Our youths should follow the electoral process from the beginning to the end. Defend your votes and the mandate of the people of ONELGA “
The governor explained that he has taken it upon himself to release critical information garnered through confirmed intelligence for the sake of credible and violence free polls.
He urged the people of Ogba/Egbema /Ndoni to vote Senator Osinakachukwu Ideozu , the PDP candidate for Rivers West Senatorial District .
The flag off exercise was attended by Rivers State PDP Chairman , Bro Felix Obuah , Former Chairman of UBA , Chief Ferdinand Alabrabra , Former Acting National Chairman of PDP , Prince Uche Secondus , House of Representatives Member representing Ogba /Egbema /Ndoni /Ahoada West Federal Constituency , Mr Nnam Obi and Former Minister of Sports , Dr Tammy Danagogo .