Olaleye Idowu

Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike has sounded an alarm accusing the All progressive Congress of a plot to stoke up violence in the upcoming Edo election in other to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to suspend the Edo state governorship till November.  

The chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign council for the Edo governorship election made the claim in Port Harcourt yesterday, said the council also had credible intelligence of plans to use security agencies to rig the September 19 election.

The governor explained that the APC had concluded plans to capitalize on the assertion of the INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, that the commission would stop the election in the event of violence, by creating an atmosphere for mayhem.

“That was why they went ahead to illegally inaugurating their own speaker of the House of Assembly. They are not interested in the election. All they are interested in is violence so that INEC will cancel or suspend the election, and then we will wait till November when Governor Godwin Obaseki’s tenure would have ended.

“We know this system. Knowing well that if the election is suspended by September 19, according to them as regards to violence, they cannot do that election again in September. October is Ondo election, so they will give an excuse that they are conducting Ondo election. By November, Obaseki’s tenure would have ended. So you see the calculation,” Wike said.

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