Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has alleged 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 the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government has planned to write results against the wishes of Nigerians.
“Why has the President not signed the electoral Act? What is his fear? What do you mean by mistakes? Oh, my God, what is a mistake? Errors you didn’t see within one month? 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’.”
“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 intelligence at the disposal of the Rivers State Government indicate that the indicted SARS Commander, Akin Fakorede and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Stephen Hasso, featured prominently in the rigging plot of the APC-federal government in the state.
He said, “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.”
The governor said the international community is under obligation to take proactive action against officials of the APC Federal Government who destroy the foundation of democracy and the rule of law and called for the revocation of their visas,” Wike added.
“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 berated the APC for selecting a murder suspect as one of their factional chairmen in Rivers State and ordering security agencies to protect him.
“A man who is facing multiple murder trials, the court said, he must be arrested for murder, ordered the Commissioner of Police to arrest him. They say, they can’t find the man but the man is the one who will come out and say, he’s contesting for the Chairman of the APC? What a shame to this country, what a shame to the Security Agency. They should bury their heads in shame.
“If my Father was a police man, I will tell my father to withdraw as a policeman, it is a shame. A man facing multiple trials, the court ordered that he should be arrested. The Police said that they cannot find him. He is the man who contested for APC election,” Wike said.