- Governor Nyesom Wike has raised the alarm that the police force is trying to intimidate electoral officers in Rivers state
- Wike said the police is beginning to invite electoral officers for all kind of offences to impinge on the collation process
- A court in Abuja earlier ordered the INEC to stop the collation and announcement of the result of the governorship and state House of Assembly elections held in the state
Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, on Wednesday, March 20, claimed that the police were trying to abort the collation of election results in the state.
Daily Sun reports that Wike made this known at the Government House, Port Harcourt, when the national working committee of the PDP, led by national chairman, Uche Secondus, paid a solidarity visit to the state.
Wike said: “The police is trying to intimidate collation and electoral officers by inviting them for one offence or the other, so as to impinge on the collation process.
“Imagine where the police is inviting the entire returning officers, the entire electoral officers because allegations have been made against INEC officials. This is just to let the entire world see what we are talking about.
“They go by this strategy, if it fails, they go by the other strategy. They brought the Army, it failed. They have gone to the court and now they want to use the police.
“Like I said, this victory will be the best. It will be the sweetest among all the states. That is what I see coming. There is no election that will be held in this state and another party will win, not to talk about a party that is not on ground. They have failed and that is the truth of the matter."
Governor Wike said the political situation in Rivers has exposed the negative aspects of the system.
According to him, PDP will emerge victorious in the end. He said it is a victory that can be delayed, but not denied.
He added: "This morning, the other political party went to court to stop collation. As God will have it, the court did not grant them their request.
“You see how funny it is. The candidate of AAC said he won the election. The same candidate has gone to court to stop collation and seek for the cancellation of an election, he claimed that he won.”
On his part, Secondus called on the chairman of INEC not to drag the country into crisis because of inconclusive elections.
"This manoeuvre is not good for the nation’s democracy. He should go ahead and conclude the process of elections in Rivers and Bauchi states. We should move ahead. Those aggrieved should approach the tribunal," he added.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja ordered the INEC to stop the collation and announcement of the result of the governorship and state House of Assembly elections in Rivers state held on Saturday, March 9.
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According to Sahara Reporters, Justice Iyang Ewa ordered the commission to halt its scheduled resumption of the announcement of the result, based on an ex parte application filed by the candidates of the African Action Congress.
The applicants prayed the court for an order of interim injunction restraining INEC from resuming, collating or announcing the results of the suspended elections in Rivers state.
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