INEC, police, APC conspiracy threatening Nigeria’s democracy – Wike
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said that the conspiracy among Independent National Electoral Commission, All Progressives Congress and the Police remains a threat to the nation’s democracy.
Speaking on Friday to the Inter-Party Advisory Council at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike stated that following the use of the police to deny the people of Rivers East Senatorial District their mandate, the APC had made it their official policy.
The governor claimed the strategy being adopted by the APC was experienced in Rivers State during the rerun elections, saying, “We have to alert all other Nigerians about this strategy.
The alarm we have raised on the printing of fake result sheets was correct. They used Special Anti-robbery Squad to abduct INEC officials and smuggle in fake results.”
He called on all political parties to be vigilant and stop the actualisation of the plot of the APC to rig the 2019 polls.
“They know Nigerians are tired of being deceived. That is why they will plan to massively rig the 2019 elections. As IPAC members, you must be vigilant. They will do everything possible, including killing dozens of persons to remain in power. This is because the people have rejected them,” he said.
The governor said that despite the anomaly that greeted the Rivers East Senatorial District election, INEC had remained silent, even as he stated that INEC must offer explanation on the fraud APC used the police to perpetrate.
Maintaining that democracy was under threat, Wike added that all other political parties participating in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election must be vigilant as the APC was planning to rig the poll.
In his remarks, the Secretary of IPAC, Chief Perry Opara, said that Rivers State was working because Wike was investing in development projects.
Opara commended the governor for carrying all political parties along in the state, urging the Federal Government to imbibe the same pattern, which will reduce tension in the country.
Reacting, the State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Chris Finebone, said INEC had already accepted the truth about the Rivers East Senatorial District election.
“Governor Nyesom Wike should accept the fact that the Senator representing him is Chief Andrew Uchendu of the All Progressives Congress, APC. It is no use for him to whine and keep living in denial. INEC that conducted the elections has accepted the truth.
“The police that provided security have stated so. But most of all, the tribunal and appeal court have all concurred. Governor Wike may wait till God’s judgment Day to make another appeal if he so desires.
“If he fails to accept the glaring fact and move on with the rest, he will be leaving himself behind and that will be unfortunate,” Finebone added.