The Governor of Rivers State, Barrister Nyesom Wike has blamed the suspension of the re-run election in eight local government areas of the state on the desperation of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the unpreparedness of the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to conduct the election.
Addressing newsmen in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Sunday evening, Wike disclosed that the plot of the APC is to get its members elected into the House of Assembly so that they can impeach the PDP governor.
Wike insisted that INEC was not prepared for the election. “I still hold the position that INEC was not prepared for the election. Most of the problems during the election was caused by INEC.”
The governor stated that most of the result sheets for House of Representatives did not have the Nigerian coat of arm which led to voters and party agents concluding that the result sheets were fake.
Wike disclosed that when the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Rivers State, Elder Aniedi Ikoiwak, was informed of the anomaly, he claimed that he informed Electoral Officer to countersign but the did not or refused to countersign and this prompted the voters insistence that there will be no election as the materials are fake.
He pointed out that before the information got to the polling units, it was late and there was tension in the in the state.
On he role of the military during the election, Wike alleged that the Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakaku Peterside, led a team of soldiers to the collation centre at Isiokpo in Ikwerre local government area and hijacked the result sheets and claimed the were taking it to INEC Headquarters along Aba Road in Port Harcourt.
Wike said he informed the Brigade Commander of 2nd Brigade, Bori Camp, Port Harcourt of the presence of soldiers at the centre bit nothing was done.
But the Dakuku led team was followed by a PDP group led by the governor’s Chief of Staff, Emeka Woke but the Dakuku team diverted from INEC office and when the Woke team trialed them to UTC Junction, security personnel on Dakuku team allegedly opened fire on Woke team and one Emma Elis was shot dead, fueling speculation that there was an attack on the state office of the DSS.
Wike decried the hype on violence ad killing during the elections and disclosed that the people who were killed at Tai and Rumuokuta were PDP members, killing by security personnel.
The governor lamented that instead of the military to work with the police, the soldiers were barring party agents from escorting materials from distribution centres to polling units.
On the missing collation centre, who was declared missing and later found at Mile 1 police station, Wike said the lady, who is a girl friend of an APC candidate for Port Harcourt, House of Representatives, claimed she was hijacked by a man who offered her a lift ad taken to am known destination and she later found herself at the police station.
Wike continued that why she was speaking with the lady, she was asked to go upstairs ad soldiers surrounded the police station on the excuse that the station was under an attack.