Magnus Abe, Finebone Disagree Over Rivers APC Ward Congress

Several reactions have continued to trail the conduct of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congresses which held in several parts of the country on Saturday.

Some of the party chieftains from Rivers State on Monday expressed disagreement over the conduct of the ward congress on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, where they both featured as guests.

While the Senator representing Rivers East, Magnus Abe insisted that electorates were scared by shooting from exercising their civic duties, Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Chris Finebone, maintained that the exercise was a success despite security threats.

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“No congresses held in Rivers State. The timeline is clearly impossible for anybody to meet up with. I came to the police station at about five’o clock when I heard that a member of the House of Representatives was being detained at the police station and when I got there, nobody was there selling any form. No form was sold.

“SARS was in my own ward as early as eight. I was still in my bathroom when they were shooting in my village and I told everybody to withdraw. So you see pictures, all over the internet of voting in Senator Abe’s ward. At eight’o clock, nine’o clock, that (the shootings) was going on in my own ward,” Abe said.

However, the Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Chris Finebone maintains the exercise was a success despite attempts to frustrate the process. He insisted that forms were sold despite threats by some people who were agitating.

“We decided to take the bull by the horn and sell forms. The problem was getting those who have been agitating and choked up the secretariat to clear. Even when those who were given the task to sell the form tried to enter there (the Secretariat), the police advised them to enter the police station. (due to the agitations)

“They (those carrying the form) now called us to complain that they cannot enter the secretariat that until they clear the place, they won’t be able to sell the forms.

“That was why the commissioner of police now took action that they to them abandoning all they took from the secretariat. So forms were now sold around 5’oclock,” Finebone explained.

Senator Abe, however, claimed that the information which Finebone revealed on national television was not made available to any member or leader of the party.

APC Says Wike’s Claim Of Plot To Rig Rivers Re-run Election Is Baseless

Nyesom-Wike-Governor-of-Rivers-StateThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as ‘baseless and unfortunate’ the fresh allegations raised by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, against the police and the party over attempts to rig the December 10 legislative re-run election.

In a statement by the spokesman for the party in Rivers State, Chris Finebone, the party described the threat of the governor to make public the visuals of the alleged meeting as ‘cowardly blackmail’ and wondered why the governor would delay in the presentation of the said incriminating evidence.

The party described the governor’s recent outburst as expressions of frustrations which it said was due to the loss of his grip on moles in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the justice system.

The statement says Governor 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”.

Describing the Governor as a proverbial masquerade that has lost his entire arrows, the party said Mr Wike was cutting a pitiable image of a disarmed dictator.

“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.

The opposition party in the state further claimed that Governor Wike was “merely flying a red herring to divert attention from his dubious electoral schemes. No one is fooled at all”.

The APC further urged Governor Wike to immediately desist from what it called “present free-for-all blackmailing of critical stakeholders in the December 10 re-run elections.

Governor Wike had, while addressing a crowd of supporters during the flag off of the reconstruction of the General Hospitals in Akuku Toru and Asari Toru Local Government Areas, said that he was in possession of visuals of a said meeting between the police and politicians plotting to rig the December 10 election in the state.

Mr Wike said that the video contained plan on the methods to be adopted for the planned rigging of the re-run elections.

He also claimed that 600 policemen working with the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the state had already been distributed by the Police Commissioner to prominent leaders of the APC on a local government basis for the indiscriminate arrests of the Peoples Democratic Party’s supporters few days to the election.

Wike Says Illegal Printing of INEC Materials Must Be Investigated

Wike Says Illegal Printing of INEC Materials Must Be Investigated, Election MaterialsThe Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has raised an alarm over what he described as a calculated ploy to sweep under the carpet, the recent discovery of an office where INEC materials were being printed.

The Governor expressed his worry in a meeting with journalists in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

According to him, the matter had been moved to another zonal command of the Police (Zone 6) and this, he says may jeopardise investigation.

Governor Wike called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use this opportunity to reaffirm its credibility which he thinks has been threatened by inconclusive elections and to ensure that Rivers state do not get into an avoidable crisis.

He said: “It is our belief that INEC will do everything possible to get to the root of the matter and will tell the Police ‘no, you cannot kill this matter, it touches on our credibility’.

“Mere denial is not enough. If you look at the code on the prints, you will see the units where election will be conducted when we are not even aware, how did they know. When people say it was a setup, a set up where?

“As I said we have been following this matter and we were waiting for the right time to strike.”

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Francis Odesanya, told Channels Television that the matter was still under his office and that it was yet to be transferred.

He admitted that the matter could be transferred later because it is a federal case but insisted that that will not jeopardise investigations.

 

Rivers Re-Run Polls: PDP Accuses APC Of Printing Electoral Materials

APC, PDP, Plateau Politics, Deputy SpeakerA group of persons have been caught by security operatives printing sensitive electoral materials in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The materials which were caught on camera include result sheets and other documents with the prints of the all progressives congress.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has accused the All Progressive Congress (APC) of running a syndicate to produce electoral materials ahead of the rerun.

This happened at number 12 Isiokpo street d line, Port Harcourt, Rivers State when security operatives on a tip off stormed the office and found sensitive electoral materials, prints of the APC and busy computers.

On interrogation by security operatives outside, the head of the printing outfit, Atonye Peterside says he was contracted to print these materials like it is with any other printing job.

” I am a printer, somebody brought these materials and said they want to use it for tribunal matter, Emma Chinda brought them that they need more copies… And you know we serve the public, I don’t work for”.

The Governor of the state, Nyesom Wike has accused the APC of running a syndicate for printing INEC sensitive materials to perpetuate electoral fraud ahead of the legislative polls.

But the Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Chris Finebone believes this is a script put together by the PDP. According to him, the persons in this matter are not known by the party.

He said, “The idea is to go contrive something maybe electoral materials and plant somewhere to take out some persons so that you will have a freeway in the election.

“We have heard confessional statements of things that never happened…and from what we know the individuals they paraded as members of the APC are not known to us, it was contrived.”

While confirming the arrest, the Commissioner of Police, Francis Odesanya informed Channels Television that investigations are ongoing and an official statement will be presented soon.

Some observers are hopeful that another crisis will not impede the December 10 date for the conduct of the polls

Rivers Rerun: PDP Accuses APC Of Printing Electoral Materials

Rivers Rerun: PDP Accuses APC Of Printing Electoral MaterialsThe political atmosphere in Rivers state is again getting charged as political parties put themselves together ahead of the conclusion of the legislative rerun election.

There was drama at number 12 Isiokpo Street, Port Harcourt, the state capital when security operatives on a tipoff, stormed an office and found sensitive electoral materials and busy computers.

The materials, which were caught on camera include result sheets and other documents with the prints of the All Progressives Congress.

On interrogation by security operatives, the head of the printing outfit, Atonye Peterside said that he was contracted to print the materials like it is with any other printing job.

“I am a printer, somebody brought these materials and said they want to use it for tribunal matter. Honourable Emma Chinda brought them that they need more copies… And you know we serve the public, I don’t work for INEC,” he said.

But as far as the Rivers State Governor and the PDP in the state are concerned, there is more to this than meets the eye.

Governor Nyesom Wike accused the APC of running a syndicate for printing INEC sensitive materials to perpetuate electoral fraud ahead of the legislative polls.

“Who are those involved? We can show you that the printer is a member of the APC, the printer is the cousin of the man we defeated in the governorship election, I hear he is the DG of NIMASA, Dr Aldolphus Dakuku Peterside, we can show you his membership card and a picture of him during a campaign of the APC, we knew they were going to fabricate results,” he alleged.

However, the Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Chris Finebone is not troubled. He believes this is a script put together by the PDP.

According to him, the persons in this matter are not known by the party.

He said: “The idea is to contrive something; maybe electoral materials and plant somewhere to take out some persons so that you will have a freeway in the election.

“We have heard confessional statements of things that never happened…and from what we know, the individuals they paraded as members of the APC are not known to us, it was contrived.”

While confirming the arrest, the Commissioner of Police, CP Francis Odesanya, informed Channels Television that investigations were ongoing and an official statement would be presented soon.

Observers are hopeful that another crisis would not mar the December 10 date for the conduct of the polls

Rivers APC Members Rejoice Over Tribunal Judgement

Rivers APCMembers of the Rivers State APC took to singing and dancing at the APC secretariat in Port Harcourt, the rivers state capital on Saturday following the election tribunal judgement that annulled the April 11 governorship election in the state.

Many of the Rivers APC members were seen carrying posters of their governorship candidate at the last elections, Dakuku Peterside, and singing solidarity songs but the PDP in the state has said that the merriment might be short lived.

In a press statement signed by the Media Adviser to the Chairman of the party, Jerry Needam, the party referred to the judgement as a travesty of justice, insisting that the party would exhaust all legal options to upturn what it called a conspiracy against Rivers people.

The Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Chris Finebone, however, stated that his party is not bothered by any legal move that the PDP might make.

According to him, the Rivers APC is confident that the tribunal judgement that nullified Governor Wike’s election has made the job easy for both the Appeal Court and Supreme Court.