- Rivers state APC chairman, Ojukaye Flag-Amachree, accuses Governor Nyesom Wike of invading units during the Port Harcourt constituency 3 bye-election
- He alleges that the governor plans to compromise the 2019 elections
- Rivers state blasts Tinubu for comments about Wike
The Rivers state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ojukaye Flag-Amachree, has alleged that Governor Nyesom Wike offered him N200 million bribe to compromise the Port Harcourt constituency Rivers bye-election.
Flag-Amachree stated this at a press briefing in Port Harcourt on Monday, August 20, when accusing Wike and the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) of trying to scuttle the 3 bye-election, The news Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The APC chairman alleged that the governor had placed many INEC officials in Port Harcourt on his payroll.
He claimed that the APC candidate for the bye-election, Chief Dickens Worlu was comfortably leading in most polling units before Governor Wike mobilised his chief security officer, Promise Nwosu with armed men to invade the units.
He further alleged that the invasion of the polling units with armed men attached to the Rivers government house was to disrupt the peaceful process and rig the election in favour of the PDP candidate.
“In the process, several shots were fired to intimidate both voters and election officials but most of the voters in the constituency stood their ground and resisted the state of shootings and intimidation.
“Having failed to substantially cow the voters especially APC members, Wike reached me and pleaded to have my cooperation and in return get N200m bribe, which I declined and reported same to the APC leadership.
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“In failed mission to bribe me and intimidate voters, Governor Wike and his CSO became more determined to scuttle the bye-election, decide to undertake smear campaign against me as demonstrated in his broadcast,” he alleged.
According to Flag-Amachree, Governor Wike has all the electoral officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers on his payroll with the purpose of compromising the 2019 election in advance.
“Wike has been paying a monthly sum between N1m to N3m to various officers depending on rank, and he has penciled down key security agents to compromise elections in the state.
“We are not also surprised that INEC and Governor Wike are working hand-in-gloves to rig elections in Rivers,” he claimed.
The chairman said the APC believes that the recruitment and posting of a confessed PDP apologist and virulent critic of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, Obo Effanga is beyond mere accident.
“The highly convoluted memo suspending the bye-election further attests to the fact of a well-entrenched bias on the part of the INEC REC.
“There was an op-ed published on a national daily on the 30th of May 2016 titled: “The ‘Change’ government one year after by Mr Obo Effanga before he was mysteriously employed and posted to Rivers,” he said.
Flag-Amachree urged INEC in Rivers to immediately conclude the process by announcing the winner of the By-Election without further delay.
He dismissed Governor Wike’s allegations against the commander of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS), ACP Akin Fakorede of meddling in the by-election.
Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has lashed out at the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bola Tinubu, for saying he lured Governor Aminu Tambuwal to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Premium Times reports that this was contained in a statement by the state commissioner for communication, Emma Okah. The commissioner called on elders to “exercise restraint at times like this.”
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