Sunday, March 20, 2016 11:42 pm
*Debunks Peterside’s assassination story
*Peterside’s security detail kills aide to his chief of staff
By Okafor ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the rerun elections in the state have shown clearly who is on ground and who is accepted by the people.
He said the rerun elections have proved that the control of INEC, Federal might, military, police and other security agencies cannot translate to electoral victories as the people will always resist agents of rigging.
Governor Wike also accused the defeated the Rivers State APC Governorship Candidate, Dakuku Peterside and his defeated running Asita Asita of hijacking results from Isiokpo in Ikwere LGA on Sunday.
The governor also stated that Dakuku Peterside and his security details opened fire and killed an aide to his Chief of Staff, Mr Emeka Woke.
In an interactive session with newsmen on Sunday, Governor Wike said that most military men deployed for the elections were used by APC leaders to hijack materials, illegally arrest PDP and manipulate the process.
He said that the people resisted the attempt by the military to subvert the election process.
“Remember I warned that today’s Nigeria is not yesterday’s Nigeria. Things that were done wrongly before cannot be done wrongly now. I warned that the people will resist any attempt to rig”, he said .
He said that it was unfortunate that the military has been reduced to this level when they will be used against public interest.
He said the number of military men unleashed to intimidate and harass Rivers people is regrettable as they failed to tackle security challenges.
“Now they have the Federal might, Army, Police, INEC and DSS, but we have the people” , Governor Wike said.
On the conduct of the rerun legislative elections, Governor Wike maintained that INEC was not prepared in terms of logistics and planning.
On the issue at the Mile 1 Police Station, the governor said that Mrs Ekwi Adebisa is the girlfriend of the APC Candidate for the Port Harcourt Federal Constituency who framed her abduction alongside APC leaders.
Wike said his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would win Saturday’s re-run legislative elections in the state because it prepared for it since December when the elections were annulled.
The governor confirmed that the Secretary to the State Government, Chief Kenneth Kobani and a Special Assistant, Mr Cyril Wite, were arrested by the Army.
Wike said that the government officials wanted to ensure that election materials were moved to polling units when they were arrested.
He said that it would be difficult to rig elections in the state because the people would resist the attempt.
According to him, when somebody is not popular and attempts to rig the election, the people will say no to such move.
He alleged that some people were creating problems to make the Federal Government declare a state of emergency in the state.
Wike said that such ploy would not work, because the PDP was more popular in the state.
He urged the media not to be emotional or sentimental while reporting events in the state, because such stories created wrong impression.