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Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele
Fayose, has raised the alarm that life of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike is
under threat.

Fayose said while presenting a
budget estimate of N93.4 billion to the state House of Assembly in Ado-Ekiti,
that security reports reaching him showed that Wike would be placed on
compulsory house arrest tomorrow.

“We have gathered that there is a
plan by the APC-led administration to place Governor Wike on house arrest on
Thursday night and early morning of Friday. Any attempt by him to resist it may
cost him his life. We are raising this alarm now because that is what we have
gathered. So, if anything happens to him, we should know who to hold
responsible,” he said.

Meanwhile, All Progressives
Congress (APC) has alleged arms build-up by Governor Wike-led administration
ahead of the December 10 re-run elections in River State.

The party said allegations by Rivers
government and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that Wike’s security aides
have been withdrawn and an assassination threat on the governor were meant to
shift attention from the reports of an arms build-up and other sinister plots
the Wike-led PDP administration was planning to execute on Election Day.

“Nobody is after Wike. The governor
and the PDP’s diversionary and false alarm is hinged on the reality that they
will lose the legislative re-run elections once security is tightened in the
state.

“The President Muhammadu Buhari-led
APC administration has successively demonstrated the will to ensure that all
elections are free, transparent and credible.

“Saturday’s legislative rerun
elections in Rivers will not be different. The administration does not
subscribe to such evil machinations where government institutions are used to
achieve political ends.

“APC hereby call on security
agencies to investigate the report of arms build-up and be on alert over the
security situation in Rivers State under Wike’s watch and by extension, the PDP
in the lead-up to the elections.

“Wike’s criminal gangs and PDP
thugs must not be allowed to steal the votes of the Rivers electorate on
Saturday,” the APC said.

Regardless, the Nigerian National
Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said it would not take it lightly if harm is
inflicted on any corps member participating in the Saturday national and state
legislative rerun elections in the state.

Director General of NYSC, Brigadier
General Suleiman Kazaure, stated this yesterday, while sensitising corps
members that volunteered to partake in the polls, on security and safety,
before, during and after the elections.

Kazaure, who harped on the safety
of the corps members on national assignment, said step will be taken to ensure
their safety.

The NYSC boss, who spoke through
the Director, Corps Welfare and Health Services, Mrs. Abosede Okaku, urged
security agencies to ensure the safety of the corps members participating in
the rerun elections.

He warned the corps members to shun
every form of electoral malpractice and secure their lives first before any
other thing, “if you are in obvious danger.”

Kazaure assured them of their
security, warning that the government would not take it lightly with anyone who
compromised the security of the corps members.

However, representatives of various
security agencies at the sensitization programme assured of their preparedness
to secure all participants in the exercise, including the corps members.

Meanwhile, the state Coordinator on
NYSC, Mrs. Ngozi Nwatarali urged corps members to take issues raised on the
conduct of election seriously.

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