Ahead of the December 10 legislative re-run in Rivers State, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state has accused the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, of blackmailing stakeholders in the election.
Reacting to Wike’s claim that the Police was colluding with APC to rig the upcoming election, the party described as ‘baseless and unfortunate’ the governor’s allegations.
Just yesterday, Wike vowed to release the audio – visuals of the Rivers State Police Commissioner where he was plotting with politicians on the methods to be adopted for the planned rigging of the December 10 rerun elections.
But the spokesperson of the state chapter of the party in Rivers, Chris Finebone, described Wike’s declaration as ‘cowardly blackmail.’
Wondering why the governor would delay in the presentation of the said incriminating evidence, Finbone said Wike has, “resorted to cheap blackmail to try to continue to portray himself as an electoral strongman having been stripped of the false garment in recent times.”
“Fact is that Governor wike has never embarked on any election without buying over the police and the rest of the security agencies.
“He has also not engaged in any election without taking firm control of the election umpire and the judiciary. The height of this malfeasance was in the 2015 elections when he introduced another factor – the use of ex-militants and hoodlums who killed and maimed for him while Gesila Khan’s INEC wrote election results with Wike’s men across Rivers State.
“However, as the rerun elections approach, it seems to be dawning on the governor that times have changed as the security agencies including the Nigeria police are way beyond his corrupting reach,” the statement further read.
Stressing that Wike was, “merely flying a red herring to divert attention from his dubious electoral schemes. No one is fooled at all,” the opposition party in the state urged the governor to immediately desist from what it called “present free-for-all blackmailing of critical stakeholders in the December 10 re-run elections.”