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Rivers rerun: They have federal might, we have the people – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the rerun elections in the state have  shown clearly  who is on ground and who is accepted by  the people.

Picture: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  (r) Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah (l) and Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr Austin Tam-George during  an interaction between the governor and the media.

He said the rerun  elections  have proved that the control of  INEC,  Federal might, military,  police and other security  agencies cannot translate to electoral victories  as the people will always resist  agents of rigging. 

Governor Wike  also accused the  defeated the Rivers State APC Governorship Candidate, Dakuku Peterside and his  defeated running Asita Asita of hijacking results  from Isiokpo in Ikwere LGA on Sunday.  

The governor  also stated  that  Dakuku Peterside  and his security  details opened fire and  killed an aide to  his Chief of Staff, Mr Emeka  Woke. 

In an interactive  session  with newsmen on Sunday,  Governor Wike said that most military  men deployed  for the elections  were used by APC  leaders to hijack  materials,  illegally arrest PDP  and manipulate  the  process.

He said  that  the  people resisted the attempt by the  military  to subvert the election  process.

“Remember I warned that today’s  Nigeria  is not yesterday’s  Nigeria.  Things  that were done wrongly before cannot be done wrongly now. I warned  that  the  people  will resist any attempt  to  rig”, he said .

He said that it was unfortunate  that  the  military  has been reduced to this level when they will be used against  public  interest.

He said  the  number of  military  men unleashed  to intimidate  and  harass  Rivers people  is regrettable  as they failed  to  tackle security  challenges. 

“Now they have the Federal might, Army, Police,  INEC and DSS,  but we have the people” , Governor Wike said. 

On the conduct  of  the rerun legislative elections, Governor Wike maintained  that INEC was not prepared  in terms of logistics  and  planning. 

On the issue at the Mile 1 Police Station, the governor  said that Mrs Ekwi Adebisa is the girlfriend  of the APC Candidate  for the Port Harcourt Federal Constituency who framed her abduction  alongside APC  leaders. 

Simeon Nwakaudu

Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media

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