Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday said the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the amended Electoral Act was part of the plot to rig the 2019 general elections.
This was the governor alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was not prepared for elections, but wanted to write results, and use security operatives to rig the elections. He said some of his friends that decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC had told him so.
The governor, however, noted that the APC-led Federal Government and the security agencies would not succeed in rigging the elections in Rivers State, despite the plan to unleash violence on the people on election days and force the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to order a rerun so that security operatives can flood the state and rig in favour of the APC.
The governor, who spoke while addressing newsmen at the Government House, Port Harcourt, stated that the international community was under obligation to take proactive action against officials of the APC, who planned to destroy the foundation of democracy and the rule of law. Wike specifically called for the revocation of the visas of APC officials that guilty of such crime, saying: “Why has the President not signed the Electoral Act? What is the fear? What do you mean by mistakes and what is a mistake? The errors he didn’t see by one month’s time? Does it not tell Nigerians that these people are not prepared for election?
The governor said: “All they are prepared is to write the results and allow the heaven to fall. Most of them who have left 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, and let heaven fall. “In my state, that won’t be allowed to happen. I know they will kill many people. I can tell you, they will kill many of us. No problem, if that is the sacrifice we will make.”
Wike further explained that intelligence at the disposal of the state government indicated that 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 personnel 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.
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