Alleged Bribery: Court Grants 23 INEC Officials Bail

Seized $15.5m: Court Adjourns Patience Jonathan’s Suit

The Federal High Court in Port Harcourt has granted bail to 23 officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission accused of taking bribes to compromise the outcome of the rerun elections in Rivers State.

All 23 officials were granted bail on Friday after they were arraigned before the court on 10 counts bordering on corrupt practices allegedly committed in the course of their duties as INEC officials during the December 10, 2016, re-run elections in Rivers.

They, however, pleaded not guilty to all 10 counts after which the court considered and granted their motion for bail.

Each of the defendants was granted bail in the sum of N10 million with two sureties each in like sum.

Other conditions of the bail include that one of the two sureties must be a civil servant not below level 14 who must present a letter from his employer authorising him to stand as surety. The surety must also present both his appointment and promotion letters to the court.

The second surety must have a landed property worth not less than N10 million within Port Harcourt. He must deposit the original title documents to the court until the conclusion of the case and show evidence of tax payment for three years.

Also, as part of the bail conditions, the addresses of the sureties must be verified by both the court and the prosecution, while the defendants must write undertakings not to jump bail.

The officials were, however, remanded in prison pending when they meet the bail conditions and the case was adjourned to October 12 for the commencement of trial and hearing of pending applications.

The police had initially filed the case against the INEC officials at a Federal High Court in Abuja.

But counsel for the defendants had argued that their trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja was in breach of the Constitution and the Criminal Justice Act as the offences for which they were being tried was committed in Rivers.

The police on their part argued that there was insecurity in Rivers which could jeopardise their trial.

After hearing their arguments on May 15, 2017, Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court Abuja, transferred the case to Port Harcourt, saying the argument of the police that the insecurity in Rivers State would affect the trial was not tenable.

“I haven’t found out that Rivers State has become ungovernable based on the alleged security situation in the state. So, based on Section 22 of the Federal High Court Act, the case has been transferred to the Port Harcourt division of the Federal High Court,” Justice Tsoho had ruled.

Cash Recovery Claim Shows Police Desperate To Impress – Rivers Govt.

nyesom-wike-governor-of-rivers-state-on-panel-probeThe Rivers state government has described as false, the claims by the Police that it has recovered the sum of 111 million Naira from electoral officers allegedly bribed by the government to manipulate the Rivers rerun election.

The Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr Austin Tam-George in a statement described the allegations of the Police as “shameful, defamatory and reckless in the extreme”.

He expressed belief that “the police panel is part of a bitter, politically-driven smear campaign launched by the Federal Government against Governor Nyesom Wike, and the people of Rivers State”.

In another statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, the government challenged the Police to provide proof that the accused officials had been in possession of the large sum of money displayed before they were paraded.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to a press conference addressed by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Investigative Panel on Rivers Rerun wherein the panel claimed that the Rivers State Government spent N360million to ensure that the rerun legislative elections of December 10, 2016 were rigged in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP).

“The statement is patently false, politically motivated and cooked by the Nigerian Police to justify the violence they visited on the people of Rivers State during the rerun.

“This Inspector General of Police and his team are neck deep crime. This statement credited to the Police High Command is aimed at diverting attention from its loss of credibility, after its attempt to assassinate Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike failed woefully.

“The Press Conference addressed by the IGP Investigative Panel headed by Mr Damian Okoro and the IGP Ibrahim Idris is yet another fictional account by a Police Force that has lost its moral base as it is intent on reinventing itself through falsehood.

“The Press Conference by the Police High Command is a hasty desperate attempt to circumvent the judicial process as Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has already challenged the legality of the IGP Investigative Panel at the Federal High Court.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, did not spend N360million to rig the Rerun legislative elections of December 10, 2016.

“The people of Rivers State overwhelmingly voted the PDP across the state because of the outstanding performance of Governor Wike since May 29, 2015.

“The drama at the Press Conference convened by the IGP Investigative Panel and the IGP reveals the script being acted by the Police High Command, which is now obviously an arm of the Ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Damian Okoro claimed that three INEC Officials who allegedly met with Governor Wike would be interviewed by journalists at the event. The IGP hatchet man after his false press statement refused to allow the promised interview to take place because he knew that the truth would be revealed.

“The Nigerian Police played an inglorious role during the December 10, 2016, helping the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig elections in the few constituencies were they were declared winner.

“Video evidence in the public domain proved that the police killed, maimed, snatched result sheets and ballot boxes as they assisted the APC all through the ill-fated rerun elections.

“On December 12, 2016, the Rivers SARS Commander, Mr Akin Fakorede was caught on camera manhandling electoral officials as he sought to rig the Rivers East Senatorial District in favour of the APC at the Rivers East Senatorial District Collation Center.

“Prior to the rerun legislative elections, the Rivers State APC fake INEC result sheets printing syndicate was busted and the lead printer, Atonyesia Peterside arrested.

“The Nigerian Police has since swept the matter under the carpet, even though majority of the fake result sheets were used on December 10, 2016 by APC and pliant INEC Officials under police protection.

“Even in concocting falsehood, the Police High Command failed to display intelligence.

“A simple poser to the Police High Command: Where did the so-called electoral officials save the monies that they displayed before journalists two months after they allegedly received bribe? How come no funds where spent by the said officials under the present circumstances?

“This entire drama is aimed at helping the Rivers APC at the Election Tribunal as the Police High Command did during the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal at Abuja.

“Nigerians are not deceived by the Security Arm of the APC. The Police High Command as presently constituted will not escape the long arm of the law as they are complicit in the violence unleashed on Rivers people during the rerun legislative elections.

“Countless false press conferences and false press statements will not improve the damaged image of the Nigerian Police in relation to their ignoble role during the rerun legislative elections of December 10, 2016.

“A final poser to the Police High Command: Why did the Police refuse to tell the world about the persons who killed DSP Alkali?”

Rivers Rerun: Police Recover Alleged 111m Naira From Electoral Officers

Rivers Rerun: Police Recover Over 111m Naira From Electoral OfficersThe Police claims it has recovered 111 million Naira from some of the electoral officers who conducted the Rivers rerun election.

Releasing the report of the investigative panel on Monday, the Police showed cash evidence allegedly recovered from 23 suspects.

The recovered cash was displayed at a news conference where the panel submitted its report to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.

Receiving the report, the Inspector General vowed to end the culture of political violence perpetrated by politicians.

He promised that all those indicted by the panel’s report, including six dismissed Police officers would be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others who see elections as a do or die affair.

Reacting to the report of the panel, the Director, Voter Education and Publicity‎ of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, pledged to cooperate with the Police authorities in prosecuting indicted officials.

There has been a lot of controversies since the conduct of the re-run election leading to allegations of bribery and intimidation.

When the panel was set up by the Police, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, openly criticized the composition of the investigative committee, saying he had no confidence in it.

He also set up his own committee to look into the complaints and allegation of fraud during the Rivers re-run election.

Rivers Rerun: Court Didn’t Stop Us From Probing Violence – Police

INECThe Nigeria Police Force has stated that there is no court order preventing it from investigating the alleged violence that occurred during the legislative rerun election in Rivers State.

A statement by the Force’s spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood, also affirmed that there was no directive stopping the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris, from performing his statutory duties under the law.

Contrary to a report in the media, the Police maintained that the court said the force had the option to either continue with its investigation or not, pending the determination of the suit.

They added that the case was consequently adjourned to February 10, 2017.

The Police urged Nigerians to disregard the caption posted by news platform which they said was misleading, insisting that IGP Idris is committed to riding Nigeria of all forms of criminality within the ambit of the law.

What Transpired In Court

The Police statement reads: “The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to an online/social media publication by Breaking Times on January 31, 2017 captioned ‘HIGH COURT STOPS THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE FROM PROBING RIVERS STATE RE-RUN VIOLENCE’.

“The said publication, which is in respect of an ongoing Civil Suit NO. FHC/ABJ/CS/13/2017 between the Governor of Rivers State (Mr Nyesom Wike) and the Inspector General of Police, pending at the Federal High Court Abuja, purportedly claimed that ‘the Federal High Court has asked the Inspector General of Police to maintain status quo in the investigation of the violence that rocked Rivers State during the Re-Run Legislative Election on December 10, 2016’ among others.

“It is however, pertinent to make the following clarifications in order to keep the general public informed of what transpired in court on January 30, 2017 when the case came up for hearing:
a. That counsel to the Inspector General of Police raised a preliminary objective to the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the motion,
b. That the counsel to the Governor of Rivers State informed the court that the needed time respond to both the counter affidavit and the preliminary objection.

“The court, however observed that the Nigeria Police Force has the option to either continue with their investigation or not, pending the determination of the suit. The case was then adjourned to February 10, 2017.

A Misleading Caption

“In the light of the above, it is very clear that the Federal High Court has not in any way stopped the Nigeria Police Force from investigating the alleged violence during the said rerun election in Rivers State. In this regard, no order was given by the court stopping the Inspector General of Police from performing his statutory duties under the law.

“Consequently, the caption posted by Breaking Times is misleading and should be disregarded by the public. A careful perusal of the full content of the said publication reveals the true outcome of the Justice Kolawole’s ruling. It only goes to show that the motive behind such a caption is to draw attention of the public.

“The Inspector General of Police wishes to restate his unalloyed commitment to rid the country of all forms of criminality bearing in mind the obligation of the Force within the ambit of the law.”

Rivers Rerun: Wike Constitutes Judicial Commission Of Inquiry

nyesom-wike-governor-of-rivers-state-on-panel-probeRivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has constituted a Judicial Commission of Inquiry, to investigate the killings and other violent acts/matters that occurred during the December 10 rerun and supplementary elections in the state.

The constitution of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry was contained in a special government announcement signed by the Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Mr Kenneth Kobani.

According to the announcement, the Judicial Commission of Inquiry has Justice Chinwendu Nwogu as Chairman, while other members include: Mrs Grace Akpughunum-Okwulehie, Prof O.V.C. Okene, Sir Anthony Uzoma Ozurumba, Rev Canon Hossanna Nnaewi, Alphonso Sibi Esq (Chief State Counsel, Secretary) and C. B. Ekeh Esq (Principal State Counsel, Legal Counsel).

The announcement read: “In exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Section 2 (1 ) of the Commissions of Inquiry Law of Rivers State (CAP 30) of Rivers State of Nigeria 1999 and all other powers enabling him in that behalf, the Governor of Rivers State; His Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, CON, hereby constitutes and appoints a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the killings and other violent acts/matters that occurred during the December 10, 2016 rerun/supplementary elections to elect members of the National Assembly and House of Assembly in Rivers State.

“The Judicial Commission of Inquiry which would be inaugurated on Thursday at the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House, Port Harcourt, has the following terms of reference.

▪Investigate the remote and immediate causes of the violence during the December 10, 2016 rerun/supplementary elections in Rivers State.

▪Identify the perpetrators of the various acts of violence and killings in the aforesaid election.

▪Identify the victims of the violence including those killed

▪Identify if property was damaged and the value of any such property

▪Determine if the violence was localised to specific areas within the state or was state-wide

▪Make appropriate recommendations concerning their findings or any other recommendations as the commission may consider appropriate in the circumstance and

▪Submit its report to the Governor of Rivers State within one month from the date of its sitting, ” the statement reads.

Police Probe Panel

This follows the All Progressives Congress’s (APC) demand for the immediate redeployment of Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak.

According to the party, the REC had colluded with Governor Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to rig the elections in favour of PDP.

In an election which was violence-ridden, the APC made the comments after an audio recording which was attributed to Wike, surfaced few days ago.

According to the party, the audio in which the governor allegedly threatened INEC officials, confirmed their fears of him engaging in unwholesome conducts that contributed to compromising the integrity of the electoral process.

They also said concerning the 70 incidents reported, Wike must submit himself to the Police Probe Panel to join the police in bringing an end to the killings in Rivers State since he assumed office.

The governor on the other hand, rejected the order, stating that himself, as well as people of the state would not be party to the police ‘phoney’ probe panel.

Rivers Rerun Violence: Police Parade Five Suspects

Police, Rivers Rerun, Crime SuspectPolice have paraded five suspects alleged to be involved in the violence that erupted during the rerun election in Rivers State, south-south Nigeria.

The force Public Relations Officer, DCP Dan Awunah, made the disclosure while addressing a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja.

Mr Awunah added that some security personnel, who connived with the political thugs, have also been arrested and were being interrogated.

He revealed that eight booklets of ballot papers meant for Emohua LGA, a booklet of INEC accreditation incident report form, a booklet of statement of results as well as different types of arms and ammunition were recovered from the suspects.

“The attempt by some major political gladiators in the state to foist violence and trigger an atmosphere of insecurity failed woefully.

“These political gladiators and major stakeholders clandestinely promoted violence and exhibited abuse of power and office.

“In the course of the rerun election, some suspects who attempted to scuttle the electoral process were arrested and sensitive INEC materials were recovered from them, arms and ammunition inclusive.

“Those arrested are as follows: Noble Nwaerema, Dike Deinpiribo, Valentine Alalibo, Onwunari J. Warmate (and) Iloke Stephen,” he said.

Rivers Senator-Elect, Magnus Abe Vows Not To Fail

Rivers Senator-Elect, Magnus Abe Vows Not To FailSenator-elect for Rivers South East Senatorial District, Mr Magnus Abe, has said that he cannot afford to fail the people of Rivers South East Senatorial District.

Speaking at a church service held at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, Bera in Gokana Local Government Area, Abe said that he was determined more than ever to tackle the problems of the district headlong.

“Rather than for me to fail, it would have been better I didn’t even win. I cannot afford to fail”, he said.

He urged the people to continuously pray for God’s guidance and direction.

“I want to plead with everybody to pray for me. Don’t stop because we have won election. It is now that I actually need your prayers.

“We need to pray for people who are not selfish that will help us. We need to pray for people who have grace to advise us properly. We need to pray for strength and health so that we can meet up with the expectation of people physically.

“We need to pray for opportunities so that we do not disappoint the people that have invested so much hope and trust in us,” he said.

Abe assured the people of the district that he would step up actions to achieve his campaign promises.

He pointed out that what is needed on his own part was hard work and clear cut plans to achieve the promises.

“One gift the Lord has given me is that I understand the value of hard work and I know that if you want to succeed in anything, you must work harder and I am going to work harder now”.

The former Secretary to Rivers State Government appealed for support, words of encouragement and unity in realizing the promises.

Abe said he was overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from thousands of his people who came from their different villages to rally round and congratulate him.

“I am very grateful to everybody. The kind of outpouring of love and happiness that I saw yesterday, honestly, since I woke up this morning I have been very worried because I said to myself that these thousands of people across the state that are jubilating and are so happy, they are happy because they hope one way or the other this victory will make a difference,” he added.

Rivers Rerun: APC, PDP Hold Final Rallies Ahead Of Election

Rivers Rerun: APC, PDP Hold Mega Rallies Ahead of ElectionBoth the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers state have held mega rallies ahead of the legislative rerun elections in the state.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday staged a mega rally at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Elikahia in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The rally which attracted about 12 state governors from APC-controlled states also had in attendance the national chairman of the party, Odigie Oyegun and other party officials.

The former Rivers Governor and Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi told the gathering that security is guaranteed for the legislative rerun elections in the state.

Some of the governors also expressed confidence that the APC would coast to victory in the rerun.

The PDP held its own final rally at Phalga, in the Rivers State capital.

The Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike warned that all those planning to rig the rerun elections in the state will be disgraced.

The Governor, who addressed a crowd of PDP supporters at the rally played down the APC mega rally that held earlier in the day.

According to him, those who had negative things to say about his administration and person should go and resolve the problems that besiege their states.

He was apparently responding to criticisms by some APC governors that attended the APC rally.

Rivers Rerun: PDP Warns Against Sabotaging Election

Rivers Rerun: PDP Warns Against Sabotaging ElectionBarely 48 hours to the long awaited conclusion of the rescheduled legislative rerun elections in parts of Rivers State, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says it has uncovered plans to sabotage the election.

The PDP has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with the connivance of security agencies, of plans to hijack and swap the original result sheets for fake ones during the Saturday, December 10, 2016 election.

The statement by its Rivers State Chapter Chairman, Felix Obuah and signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam alleged that the agreement was sealed in a secret meeting between the State leadership of the APC, security agents and the electoral body at the residence of one of the APC’s chieftains in Port Harcourt.

The statement noted that no decision was reached at their first meeting owing to INEC’s insistence on involvement of security agents to perfect the deal.

The statement further said that certain persons hired and equipped for the assignment will cause crisis in each of the collation centres to enable the security agents come in under the pretext to calm the situation and while the melee lasts, the fake INEC result sheets would be substituted for the genuine ones.

The Rivers State PDP chairman, Obuah has therefore warned against any attempt to scuttle what he described as the “last opportunity to settle the election issues in the state” by taking sides in the election or indulging in acts that will cause crisis in the state.

According to him, all PDP agents have been asked to be peaceful, law-abiding but to insist that the right is done and never to be intimidated by anybody.

“Let me restate that we are ready for this election having campaigned adequately, demonstrated that we have all it takes to give our people quality leadership through Governor Nyesom Wike’s landmark achievements in one and half years which our good people of Rivers State have seen and acknowledged and are willing to reciprocate by filing out in their numbers on Saturday to confirm.

“We will not therefore take it kindly with any act, overtly or covertly aimed to ridicule Saturday’s exercise.

“May I also enjoin the INEC and the security agencies to caution their staff and personnel to allow peace reign in Rivers State by being fair and unbiased in this all important election,” the State PDP boss declared.

Meanwhile, INEC and the various security agencies, as well as political party leaders and their candidate have met in an effort to ensure that Saturday’s re-run polls are hitch-free.

With the poll already generating tension, the Deputy Inspector General Of Police in charge of Operations, Joshak Habila, said no group would be allowed to cause violence during the exercise.

Meanwhile, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Aniedi Ikoiwak, has equally given the assurance that the commission is ready for the polls.

It was not the first time the commission would make the pledge to ensure that the December 10, Rivers Rerun elections, would be free, fair and violence free.

There have been series of allegations by the Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, who has said INEC, as well as security agencies have planned to rig the elections.

Rivers Rerun: INEC, Security Agencies Meet With Political Parties

Rivers Rerun: INEC Replies Wike, Says Adhoc Staff Are Non-PartisanThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the various security agencies, as well as political party leaders and their candidates have met again in continuous efforts to ensure that Saturday’s rerun polls in Rivers state are hitch-free.

With the poll already generating tension, the Deputy Inspector General Of Police in Charge of Operations, Joshak Habila, said no group would be allowed to cause violence during the exercise.

Meanwhile, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Aniedi Ikoiwak, has equally given the assurance that the commission is ready for the polls.

This is not the first time the commission is making the pledge to ensure that the December 10, Rivers Rerun elections, would be free, fair and violence free.

The emphasis is coming as a result of series of allegations by the Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, who has said INEC, as well as security agencies have planned to rig the elections.

INEC in an earlier statement, however pointed out that the recent Edo and Ondo governorship elections “eloquently speak of the feat that can be achieved if all stakeholders do the needful”.

The Commission, then condemned the relentless false allegations, provocative and dangerous comments being made by some political actors, especially Mr Wike, against the Commission, which it insisted were capable of inciting people to commit violent acts that could derail the election.

Rivers Rerun: APC Accuses Wike Of Stockpiling Arms

Rivers APC Remembers Late Victims Of 2015 ElectionsThe All Progressives Congress, (APC), has raised alarm over alleged stockpiling of arms and ammunition by the Rivers state government, led by the Governor Nyesom Wike, ahead of the legislative rerun elections.

In a statement signed by the National Secretary of the party, Mai Mala Buni, the APC called on security operatives to be on the alert.

The party also described the recent pronouncement by the governor over alleged withdrawal of his security aids and an assassination threat on his life, as diversionary tactics meant to deflect attention from reports of an arms build up and other sinister plots by the Wike-led administration.

The statement reiterated the stance of President Buhari’s administration to ensure that elections are free, fair and credible.

Meanwhile, the Rivers state government has reacted to the allegations of the APC.

The Commissioner of Information, Austin Tam-George, told Channels Television that the statement of the APC is most unfortunate and a bunch of lies.

According to him, “the governor Wike led administration does not need to carry arms to win elections”.

Every Vote Counts

Meanwhile, INEC Chairman, Mr Yakubu Mahmood, has vowed to ensure that votes of the people of Rivers state count, in the December 10, re-run polls.

Mahmoud, who was speaking in Abuja after the swearing of the new INEC national commissioners, dismissed the allegation of bias that has been leveled against the commission, insisting that INEC will not be distracted by anyone.

He added that the commission is satisfied with the preparations so far, ahead of the polls.

Rivers APC Reacts To Governor Wike’s Comments

Rivers APC Remembers Late Victims Of 2015 ElectionsThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state has reacted to comments credited to the governor of rivers state over security details given to APC candidates, as well as other comments made by the governor in the past two weeks.

In a statement signed by the Chairman of the party in the state, Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, titled: “Why is Governor Wike hysterical over APC candidates’, it said the conduct of the governor makes people wonder if he understands the office of a governor.

It wondered why the governor who had been labelled the king of rigging by some persons, will be raising unfounded accusations against all and sundry over plans to rig the rerun elections.

The statement went on to state that the governor has sinister motives for wanting to know the security architecture of opponents and based on his utterances in the past two weeks, should be checked by all relevant agencies.

The party also condemned what it called the cheap blackmail of its candidates and members by the governor and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the run up to the polls.

The statement read:

“Despite the decision to ignore the barrage of worthless statements by Governor Nyesom Wike in the past weeks concerning the December 10 rerun election in Rivers state, the state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) however, has observed that the governor seems to have particularly taken interest in scrutinising precautionary personal security arrangements by APC candidates as the rerun elections approach.

“To drive home his needless hysteria, Governor Wike has gone to town reeling out names of alleged security agents protecting APC candidates, claiming that the security agents will be used to cause electoral mischief particularly for snatching of ballot boxes.

“The governor’s verbal incontinence in the past two weeks has led to several people wondering aloud publicly, whether the governor truly understands what the office of a governor in Nigeria means.

“The APC finds this matter quite worrisome because ordinarily the governor should not be bothered by security arrangements people make for themselves in the face of general insecurity that presently pervades our once peaceful state now under his watch.

“It is all too well known that he lacks the moral grounds to genuinely fight insecurity, having caused it ab initio. It is highly suspicious that a governor will climb a political soapbox and start reeling out names of security agents attached to his political opponents.

“The easiest thing that comes to mind is that Governor Wike has very sinister motives for seeking to always ascertain the security architecture around his opponents. Why does he always complain whenever it appears that his opponents are not as vulnerable as he would want them to be security-wise?

“The APC gave up on Governor Wike when he recently declared before the world in one of his infamous exercise of verbal indiscretion that he is the “the king of rigging” and swearing: “make thunder fire all these APC people.”

They went further to say, “even if we are no more shocked by Governor Wike’s circus show, we only ask what manner of governor is this. How did we get here?, the party questioned.

“A couple of days ago, Governor Wike boasted about a recording in his possession in which the Rivers state police commissioner was planning with APC to rig the rerun elections. Today, he said that he also has information on the inspector-general of police planning how to deploy policemen to rig the elections.

“Tomorrow, we do not know the next scoop the governor will boast of, as a superman of politics and everything.

“The APC condemns the continued blackmail of all stakeholders except himself and PDP in the forthcoming rerun elections. We remind Gov. Wike that immunity in public office has expiry date.

“The DSS DG recently disclosed that the service will surely come for Gov. Wike whenever he leaves office for obstructing the lawful action of arresting and investigating a suspected high court judge. It is certain that there are many issues he will have to be made to account for someday.

“The APC calls on the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General, DSS and other security agencies to hold Governor Nyesom Wike responsible for any harm that happens to any APC candidate or member before, during and after the December 10 rerun elections,” the statement read.

Wike had berated the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ), for allegedly releasing an All Progressives Congress (APC), dominated list of ad-hoc staff, for the December 10 rerun elections.

According to him, INEC had included APC Ward Chairmen and Ward Secretaries as Assistant Presiding Officers (APO’s).