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Plan to Arrest PDP Leaders 48 Hours to Rerun Elections Is Politically Motivated – Governor Wike


Governor Wike

Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has  declared  that the attempt  by the Police High Command to arrest the State PDP Chairman,  Bro Felix Obuah  48 hours to the rerun elections is politically motivated and aimed at giving advantage to the APC. 

The governor  also said that by declaring the Chairman  of  Asari-Toru  Local Government Area ,  Sabomabo Jackrich wanted,  few days to the elections,  the police may have  been influenced  by  political considerations. 

Speaking  in Port Harcourt  on  Thursday  during  a radio phone-in Programme,  Governor Wike  said the planned politically motivated arrest of the PDP  Chairman  will be resisted by the people. 

He said that the Police High Command  brought in policemen from Abuja to disobey  the  Court Order restraining Security  agencies  from arresting  PDP  leaders before  the  elections. 

He said  that he has given the security  agencies  all the logistics  support required  for the elections  as Chief Security Officer  of the State, pointing  out  that  the  security  agencies  have a duty to  work  within the  law.

“Today, we received  information  that policemen  from Abuja  are in  the  state  to arrest the PDP State Chairman.  If the police want to arrest PDP  leaders 48 hours to the election, the action is simply  politically  motivated”, he said. 

He described  as unfortunate  reports credited to President  Muhammadu Buhari on the violence  in  Rivers State,  noting  that  the President never contacted  him for explanation  on the  security situation in the state. 

The governor  said  PDP  is prepared  for  the  re-run  elections, but the APC and the Federal  Government  are not prepared  as they are merely  interested in antics which will not work. 

On the  petition  written by  the  Rivers State Government to the embassies of 50 countries,  Governor  Wike  said  it is a confirmation  of  the  readiness of the PDP  to participate  in  credible  polls. He said  already the United States, Britain  and Canada  amongst  other countries  have requested  meetings  with  him  on  the issue. 

He added that  the  government  has uncovered  plans by some politically  motivated  individuals  to ensure  that  card readers fail in parts of  the  state, especially  in Obio/Akpor LGA. 

Governor Wike  said  that  PDP  will win the rerun  elections  because  the party  started  preparing since December  last year when the  elections  were nullified  by the court of Appeal. 

He said: “APC cannot win any elections  in Rivers  State. Do a Local Government by Local  Government  analysis  and you will  understand  why the  people  prefer  the  PDP “.

Simeon Nwakaudu, 

Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media. 


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