- Governor Nyesom Wike has predicted the outcome of the Edo election
- INEC is conducting a governorship election in the state on Saturday, September 19
- Wike said APC will suffer serious defeat if it is prevented from using thugs
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Barely forty-eight hours before the conduct of the Edo governorship election, the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has predicted the outcome of the poll.
The Cable reports that the governor said if the police were able to prevent political thugs from playing a role during the governorship election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) would be “beaten silly.”
Legit.ng gathered that while speaking during a live interview on African Independent Television (AIT) on Thursday, September 17, Wike said the only hope APC has on winning the election is to “manipulate the process.”
Wike, who the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign council on Edo governorship election, said despite the assurances of Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), the electorate in Edo should be vigilant of any malpractice.
He also urged the people of the state to be peaceful and protect the electoral process.
“The IG has said they will not give room to any thugs, to any miscreants, and it is our prayer that is done. If that is done, APC will be beaten silly in this election. If what IG said is carried out, you will see that APC will not near – the only hope they have is to manipulate the security agencies.
“Remember what happened in my case and if you take the case of Rivers state, it was very clear, and the way I see APC going, the desperation is so much and the only hope APC has today is to use security agents, is to manipulate the process.
“Our own business is to let our people know, if you know the police are [compromised], we will not allow it. We want to believe in them but however, don’t slip, don’t slip, make sure you follow them bumper to bumper.
“Make sure you monitor what is happening. Let one policeman tell you that after they have declared results in this unit, that you cannot as an agent, follow that result to the collation centre. That is not correct.
“In some cases, you see security agents coming to even beat the agents of the opposition party. It is not something that anyone will come and tell me that you have assured me that nothing will happen," he said.
The Rivers governor said Godwin Obaseki has performed well in delivering good governance, adding that, “Everybody knows, go to Edo, they don’t do publicity. They do their thing quietly. It may be different from ours.
“Last time I went to Ogbemudia stadium, it was nothing to write home about, but go and see Ogbemudia stadium today. He has built all the high courts, he showed me.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Obaseki praised the call made by President Muhammadu Buhari for a peaceful and credible governorship election ahead of the Edo election.
It was reported that Obaskei's special adviser on media and communications strategy, Crusoe Osagie, disclosed this on Thursday, September 17, in Benin.
He said President Buhari’s call is a re-assuring tunic that would boost voter turnout on Saturday, September 19.
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