Governor Wike accuses Security Agencies of making Rivers State Ungovernable

Governor Wike accuses Security Agencies of making Rivers State Ungovernable

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”