Police: We are not aware
*stop blaming APC and INEC your self –inflicted misfortune
Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has accused security agencies of being the brains behind the violence that marred the rerun elections in the state.
He alleged that such plot was orchestrated by security agencies with a motive to making the state ungovernable for politically motivated reasons.
The governor also alleged that the Police High Command has arrested all his personal police details who accompanied him to stop SARS Commander Akin Fakorede from rigging Rivers East Senatorial District.
He said that all the said policemen have been detained in Abuja by the Police High Command.
Governor Wike disclosed this while addressing members of the Rivers State Traditional Rulers Council who paid him a Goodwill Christmas Visit on Tuesday.
He said that the Police High Command is insisting that the policemen shouldn’t have accompanied him to stop Fakorede.
Governor Wike explained that he was compelled to take action because the previous day, policemen and soldiers were used by the APC at Ikwerre LGA to beat up PDP agents and force Collation Officers to concoct results.
“The security agencies orchestrated plans to cause violence with a view to making the state ungovernable for ulterior motives.
“As I speak with you, all my personal police details who accompanied me to stop Fakorede from successfully rigging the Rivers East Senatorial District election have been arrested and detained in Abuja “.
The governor drew the attention of Nigerians to the fact that Rivers State has been peaceful since the conclusion of the rerun elections.
He said: “Look at how peaceful Rivers State has become after the elections. Why was the election violent? It is because they wanted particular candidates to win and they wanted to rig in favour of such candidates.
“I was called to share seats. I said I will not participate in such a fraud. I insisted that the votes must count. Let everyone go for elections”
The governor berated INEC for conniving with APC to print fake result sheets ahead of the elections. He noted that INEC and Police have swept the matter under the carpet.
He informed that many INEC staff who were victims of violence by security agencies are under pressure from the electoral commission to deny the physical assault on them .
In his remarks, Chairman of the Rivers State Traditional Rulers Council, King Dandeson Jaja, Amayanabo of Opobo warned against the militarization of the electoral process.
He commended Governor Wike for always defending the rights of the people of the state.
When contacted the Rivers State Police Public Relations, Nnamdi Omoni, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) said he is not aware of how many police details claimed to be arrested by Governor Wike and therefore cannot speak on the issue.
But the state publicity Secretary of APC, Chris Finebone condemned the allegation that INEC connived with APC to print fake result sheets ahead of the elections.
Finebone said: “ It appears that Governor is allowing his present state of quagmire to affect him so badly that instead of heeling wise council and begin to act and speak with decorum, he is still struck with his battered old refrain. He should stop blaming APC and INEC on his self –inflicted misfortune”