Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has 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).
He made the declaration while Flagging off the rehabilitation of the General Hospital, Terabor and General Hospital, Bodo in Gokana Local Government Area on Thursday.
Wike expressed shock that the electoral umpire could publish a list of ad-hoc staff, describing it as fraught with such level of fraud.
He presented the alleged fake INEC ad-hoc list to thousands of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters in Gokana, noting that the members of the opposition party have been duly identified.
According to him, “INEC and her sponsors will be resisted”.
Furthermore, he said “it is unfortunate that INEC and security agencies are disregarding the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that they should be impartial and deliver free and fair elections.
“INEC has released a fake list of ad-hoc staff for the rerun elections before the conclusion of their mandatory training.
Wike also noted that “majority of those on the list are known APC Ward Chairmen and ward Secretaries who were mainly unemployed illitrates, but listed by INEC as staff of the University of Port Harcourt.
“They think that my love for peace is a sign of weakness, but I want to declare that enough is enough – We are supposed to be under an era of change, but the love for fraud by INEC and Police is unprecedented “, the governor said.
He added that “anyone whose son or daughter is on that fraudulent INEC list should tell him/her to stay away on election Day.
“All these desperate actions are geared towards the plot to rig in favor of a particular candidate, but that candidate will not win,” he said.
“The people of Rivers South-East Senatorial District must be allowed to vote persons of their choice”.
The governor also alleged that the security agencies are working with APC leaders to release fake police and army uniforms to police thugs for electoral fraud.
“Nobody should intimidate you with security agents. Beginning today, resist any arrest. You must move around in groups to promote resistance of the robbers of mandate.
“For me, they are threatening that I will be the first governor they will assassinate.
“They are threatening that they will show me that they are security agencies. But, I will always protect the interest of Rivers State, no matter the threat”, Wike stressed.
Switching to a lighter matter, he however said that the ongoing rehabilitation of the General Hospital Hospital, Terabor and Bodo, would be equipped and completed in record time.
He also gave an assurance that the Kpopie-Bodo road, which had been abandoned was nearing completion, while the dualization of Sakpenwa-Bori road was progressing according to schedule .
He then called on the Ogoni people to remain supportive of the PDP, by voting massively for the party, while pointing out that for eight years, APC failed to execute well-meaning projects in Ogoni land.