Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike
  • Abe urges supporters to defend themselves
  •  Senator is desperate, irresponsible, says PDP

Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has expressed dissatisfaction that some security agencies deviated from decisions reached during the State Security Council meeting on the deployment of personnel to security flashpoints to secure lives and property in the course of the rerun elections.

Addressing traditional rulers from the 23 Local Government Areas at the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Wednesday, Wike said none of the strategies that were collectively mapped out was implemented.

He said the state government on its own furnished all the security agencies with the required support to carry out their security responsibilities before, during and after the elections.

The governor said he invited the traditional rulers because of the need for them to get first-hand information on efforts by the state government to ensure security for all the people of the state.

“Before the elections, I wrote to INEC National Chairman on the challenges that would affect the elections and that they could cause crisis. I wrote to them on the compromised list of Ad-hoc staff that favoured a particular political party. INEC failed to act on our concerns,” he said.

He reiterated that the people of the state would never allow the rigging of elections under any guise.

Meanwhile, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Rivers South East senatorial district in last Saturday’s re-run elections, Senator Magnus Abe, has called on the party’s supporters across the senatorial district to take whatever step necessary to defend themselves and protect their lives and property if attacked by thugs and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Abe, who spoke at a press conference in Port Harcourt yesterday, said the decision was taken after a careful review of the security situation in the district where PDP had armed their supporters with automatic rifles and dynamites.

his words: “From today, if anybody opens fire on members of the APC anywhere in my senatorial district, there will be a response. Anybody who has two heads should bring out his second head to do whatever he wants to do within the senatorial district that would affect the lives or threaten the lives of members of the APC. We will no longer tolerate it. We are not women only. We are not children only. We are men, women and youths that are members of this party. From now on, we will defend ourselves; we will protect our members and do whatever is necessary to secure our lives and secure the lives of our members.”