Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike,
has said that the “invasion” of the state by security agents during the December
10 legislative rerun was an indication that the 2019 general election will be a
problem of sort.
Wike said Nigerians should expect
fighter jets to be used during the next general elections, wondering why the
military, 28,000 policemen and gunboats should be used for an ordinary
The governor, who addressed
journalists on Thursday night, observed that even Divisional Police Officers in
the state were transferred a day before the rerun.
He said, “If you can have an
invasion by the military, police, DSS and INEC for an ordinary legislative
rerun election, then if you have presidential and governorship election, it will
be trouble all the way.
“There will be fighter jets; they will locate
people’s houses and bomb them because that is the only thing remaining. That is
why I said anybody who is thinking about 2019 is wasting his time.
“28,000 policemen, three gunboats
and others; even DPOs were transferred a day to the election. Some of the
security agents had charms in their vehicles for the legislative rerun. They
must bomb everybody who does not agree with them,” he added.
On the audio clip alleging that he
threatened officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Wike
described the material (audio clip) as contrived, adding that it was sponsored
by the All Progressives Congress.
He said, “When you look at certain
things, you just laugh. At no time did I speak to any electoral officer, let
alone issue threats to any electoral officer. There is nowhere I spoke to an
electoral officer, threatening him or her as the case maybe.
“It is totally not correct. The
major issue is: did the police participate in rigging election? Did the army
participate in rigging the election? Did INEC compromise?
“Let them face the reality and stop
chasing shadows. What is audio clip? What can’t this government do? I don’t
have an orderly; I don’t have a chief security officer, I don’t have camp
commandant. All were taken away before the election.”
The governor said rather than bring
the SARS Commander, Mr. Akin Fakorede, to justice for the roles he played
during the rerun, as captured on video, the police authorities arrested the
policemen who accompanied him (Wike) to stop the commander from swapping Rivers
East Senatorial District results sheet.
He said, “They have now arrested
and detained the policemen, who accompanied me to the collation centre to stop
him. Even Akin Fakorede, who was caught on video, has been released so that
police can bungle it. What kind of country is this?
But the State Publicity Secretary
of the APC, Mr. Chris Finebone, said Wike was caught pants down and had nowhere
Finebone said, “It is important to
state that the APC have on several occasions in the past been brought under scrutiny
by Sahara Reporters to the amusement of Wike and the PDP. But today, they have
found it convenient to associate the APC with Sahara Reporters.
“That is absolute falsehood coming
from him. Governor Wike should think of a better response, which we doubt he
has because the audio recording is clear to everyone that it is the voice of
the governor threatening to kill people.”