The Governor of Rivers State, Mr Nyesom Wike, says the government and people of the state will not be party to the police ‘phoney’ probe panel established to look into the re-run legislative election in the state and violence that marred the processes on some areas.
He is alleging that the Police cannot deliberately murder Rivers people in cold blood and turn around to investigate.
Governor Wike claims that the probe on the re-run election had a predetermined goal, which he said was to indict members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and commence their politically motivated prosecution.
He spoke on Sunday at the Victory Thanksgiving Mass of the PDP at Our Lady Chaplaincy of the Catholic Institute of West Africa for a successful re-run legislative and supplementary elections.
He said: “We are not a party to their so-called panel. We have passed that stage and we cannot fall into the trap of a panel of inquiry.
“After killing our people, you want us to assist you unravel what? It is the police that killed our people”.
The governor wondered why the police would claim they want to investigate issues surrounding the Rivers re-run elections, when it was one of the interested parties involved in the attempt to subvert the will of the people.
He pointed out that it was the Police High Command that refused to prosecute the chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) caught on camera printing fake result sheets ahead of the December 10 election.
He added that Petitions to the Police High Command on the negative activities of ACP’s Steven Hasso and the Commander of Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Mr Akin Fakorede were disregarded.
Onslaught Of ‘Federal Might’
The governor noted that even when Akin Fakorede was videoed beating up electoral officers at the Rivers East Senatorial District Collation centre, the police swept it under the carpet.
“If it is a country that believes in its image, so many people would have lost their jobs. They cannot ask themselves why 28,000 policemen, yet to be ascertained number of soldiers, Police Dogs and Horses, gunboats and helicopters could not police ordinary legislative elections.
“It is because the police were the ones committing the fraud, violence and election materials snatching. We are accusing the police of mass murder and they turn around to set up a panel of inquiry.
“After killing our people, you fraudulently set a panel of inquiry. Up till now they don’t know that we are far ahead. This panel is a mere booby trap to indict PDP Members. If they cared about lives, they wouldn’t do what they did,” Mr Wike pointed out.
The governor said that Rivers State survived the onslaught of the ‘federal might’ because of God’s grace and intervention.
“We are here to thank God for the victory He has given Rivers State. We came out from a battle and God was our leader during the fight. We owe God a lot,” he said.
In his sermon, Reverend Pius Kii prophesied that the coalition of forces would never defeat Rivers State.
The thanksgiving service was attended by PDP Leaders, Senators, House of Representatives members, House of Assembly members and Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairmen.