By Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has declared that the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the amended Electoral Act is part of the plot to rig the 2019 elections.
In an interview at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike stated that the plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government was basically to write results against the wishes of Nigerians.
He said: “Why has the president not signed the Electoral Act? What is the fear? What do you mean by mistakes? Oh my God what is a mistake? Errors you didn’t see by one month’s time? Errors for the first time, the second time, the third time. Does it not tell Nigerians these people are not prepared for election?
“All they are prepared is to write the results and let heaven fall. Most of them who have left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to APC told me that. ‘My Brother, look I can confidently tell you that these people are not prepared for the election. All they want to do is write the results, let heaven fall’.”
Wike however stated that the APC-led federal government and the security agencies would not succeed in rigging the elections in Rivers State.
“In my state, it won’t happen. I know they will kill a lot of people. I can tell you, they will kill a lot of us. No problem, if that is the sacrifice we will make,” he said.
The governor explained that the intelligence at the disposal of the Rivers State Government indicates that the indicted SARS Commander Akin Fakorede and Deputy Commissioner of Police Stephen Hasso feature prominently in the rigging plot of the APC-led federal government in the state.
According to him, “They are planning for Rivers State as I speak. Let me tell you. They are promoting my Commissioner of Police to Assistant Inspector General of Police, they are promoting the Deputy Commissioner of Police who was just made a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operation) to be Acting Commissioner of Police and the SARS man who took Rivers State Government to court, who has perpetrated rigging of election even by INEC report. They are going to make him the man in charge of Operations just for the purpose of 2019 elections.
“Akin Fakorede, to be made the Head of Operations of the State Police Command, then Stephen Hasso who is the Deputy Commissioner of Police will be made the Acting Commissioner of Police and the current Commissioner of Police will be appointed Assistant Inspector General of Police for the purpose of 2019 elections and they think that we don’t know.”
The governor said the international community is under obligation to take proactive action against officials of the APC-federal government who have destroyed the foundation of democracy and the rule of law and called for the revocation of their visas.
“If it were where things are done rightly, they should revoke all the visas of those in government who are opposed to democratic rule, principles, rule of law. Let me tell you whether you like it or not, this government is bent on eliminating the key opposition,” he said.
He stated that the electoral criminality plotted by the APC-led federal government was exhibited during the cancelled Port Harcourt state constituency three election where security agencies and APC thugs were unleashed on the constituents.
The governor said: “Look at the bye election in Port Harcourt constituency three comprising eight wards, 142 polling units within the same area. It is a ring road like this; it will not take you 30 minutes to cover them. The Commissioner of Police as I speak to you since after the election has not seen me to explain to me why all the atrocities were perpetrated, snatching electoral materials, and beating INEC officials.
“I am not happy with INEC for one reason. Yes I am happy with them for one way that they stood up but then, this is the same police, the same SARS that you indicted in the 2016/2017 re-run election and what has happened?”
Wike noted that the APC-led federal government plots to use security agencies to promote mass violence across Rivers State on the day of the governorship election in 2019, so that it would be postponed for them to have time to invade the state with hundreds of thousands of security personnel for rigging purposes.
“First of all, as far as 2019 election is concerned, there will be no election. The security agencies will help them to show that there is so much crisis in the entire local governments, shooting everywhere and then they will postpone the election. When they postpone the election, then they will now bring down all their security agencies to the Rivers election,” he stated.
He further explained the modalities for the planned rigging by the APC-led federal government.
He said: “We know, we have people inside the system who are also working with them who also let us know these are their plans they are setting and it has been happening. Port Harcourt showed it, I told my people don’t do anything.
“Allow them to show their hands and they did by coming with criminals and SARS wearing their uniforms. SARS protected them to cart away materials. INEC REC from Akwa Ibom, not Rivers State INEC, from Akwa Ibom. One of the three RECs that were sent here said, he saw, he witnessed, he couldn’t believe it. That at this our time, security agencies will lead people to cart away materials. So for 2019, it is to make sure no election take place in the first instance.
“As I speak to you, they will shoot everywhere and INEC would say, No, there will be no election. We cannot handle it, that is the strategy for 2019. Tell the people, tell the public, tell Mr President that they will make sure that there is so much violence in Rivers State so that elections will be postponed and then when elections are postponed, other elections in other sides will take place then they will now move down all the security men to Rivers State.”
He berated the APC for selecting a murder suspect as one of their factional chairmen in Rivers State and ordering security agencies to protect him.