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Plot to rig rerun elections: Wike alerts UniPort VC of fraudulent returning list

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*To reorganise TIMA-RIV for effective traffic control 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has alerted the Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Professor Ndowa Lale of a list induced by the All Progressives Congress, APC, with the aim of rigging the rerun legislative elections  through  the imposition  of  politically  compromised returning officers.

Speaking at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday when he received  the Vice Chancellor of University of Port Harcourt, Professor Ndowa Lale and his management  team, Governor Wike  revealed  that  one Dr Otu Ekpeyong and an APC Chieftain,  Dr Dawari George; the APC House of Representatives candidate for Akuku-Toru/Asari Toru Federal Constituency connived to draw up a list of returning  officers from the institution  with the aim of rigging  the  rerun  polls.

Governor Wike stated that the Rivers State Government has already officially  notified  INEC  of the fraudulent  plot through  a letter addressed to the INEC  National Chairman. 

The governor  said  that the people  of  Rivers State  are vigilant, noting that that nobody will be  allowed to subvert the democratic process. 

He noted that  the  Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt may have  signed  the  illegal  APC induced list without  knowing that it was masterminded  by fraudulent  APC chieftains. 

He warned that  lecturers who allow themselves to be  used by the APC  chieftains will face the wrath of Rivers People. 

“The Vice Chancellor signed without  knowing  that the list of returning  officers was hijacked by the APC through Dr Otu Ekpeyong who was guided by Dr Dawari George, the APC candidate  for Akuku-Toru/Asari Toru Federal Constituency. 

“I am saying  this publicly because  we want the world  to know the desperation of the APC.  The fraudulent  list of  returning  officers for the rerun elections  has been  intercepted  and we have officially  written to the  National Chairman of INEC “, he said.

He reiterated his declaration that those who participate in election manipulation  will be treated as political  armed robbers. He said fraudulent returning  officers  will not  be  allowed to  get away  with their illegal plot.

He assured  the  university  that the Rivers State Government will support them in executing critical  projects  that will enhance academic success. 

Governor Wike said  he will visit  the  University of Port Harcourt to ascertain  areas that require  the  support  of the state government. 

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Professor Ndowa Lale congratulated Governor Wike on his victory at the Supreme Court. 

He said  that the University will continue  to  partner with  the  Rivers State Government to advance  learning.  He solicited the  support  of  the  governor  in the completion of projects in the law faculty, Social Sciences Faculty  and  the  Faculty of  Humanities. 

Rivers State Government to reorganise TIMA-RIV for effective traffic control 

In another development, Governor Wike has  stated  that  the  state government  will reorganise the Rivers State Road Traffic Management Authority ( TIMA-RIV) for effective  traffic  control. 

Speaking  on Tuesday  at the Government  House, Port Harcourt when he received the Vice  Assistant Corps Marshal of Federal Road Safety  Corps, FRSC,  in charge of Bayelsa and Rivers State, Mr Bulus Dawang and the Rivers State Sector Commander, Andrew Kumupayi, Governor Wike said that the state government will collaborate with the FRSC to reposition  the  traffic management  agency. 

He said: “We are not setting up  a  new agency. What we are doing is to reorganise  the existing  agency,  TIMA-RIV,  for effective  traffic  management  in liaison  with  the  FRSC “.

The  governor  announced  the  donation  of  tow van and three traffic  vans to the State Command  of the FRSC  to  further  improve  on their  service  to the state.

He called on the FRSC  to work with officials of the State Transport  Ministry to improve  the  traffic in Port Harcourt  through  the  clearing of illegal  motor parks, illegal markets on roads and the reopening  of the Trailer Park. 

Earlier,  Assistant Corps Marshal of FRSC in charge of Bayelsa and Rivers State, Mr Bulus Dawang described  Governor Wike  as a FRSC friendly  governor because of  his commitment to the  construction of new roads.

He commended the governor  for supporting  the  FRSC  and also involving  the  Corps in the execution of the state’s traffic management. 

Also speaking,  Rivers State FRSC Sector, Mr Andrew Kumupayi assured  the governor  of  the cooperation of the FRSC in the  development of functional traffic  strategies in the state. 

Simeon Nwakaudu

Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor

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