By Adebayo Williams
The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has said that security agencies are plotting to assassinate him ahead of the 10 December rerun election in the state. Wike, speaking in Gokhana Local Government at the flag off of rehabilitation of two General Hospitals, said the operatives had threatened him saying he would be the first governor to be assassinated while in office. He also accused the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of appointing members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as presiding officers to aid election rigging.
“For me, they are threatening that I will be the first governor they will assassinate. They are threatening that they will show me that they are security agencies. But, I will always protect the interest of Rivers State, no matter the threat.
“INEC has released a fake list of adhoc staff for the rerun elections before the conclusion of their mandatory training. Majority of those on the list are known APC Ward Chairmen and Ward Secretaries who are mainly unemployed, but listed by INEC as staff of the University of Port Harcourt.
”They think that my love for peace is a sign of weakness. But I want to declare that enough is enough. We are supposed to be under an era of change, but the love for fraud by INEC and Police is unprecedented.
”Anyone whose son or daughter is on that fraudulent INEC list should tell him/her to stay away on election day. All these desperate actions are geared towards the plot to rig in favour of a particular candidate. But that candidate will not win. The people of Rivers South-East senatorial district must be allowed to vote persons of their choice, ” he said.
The Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, Omoni Nnamdi, dismissed Wike’s claims saying there was no way any security agency would plan to assassinate the governor, insisting that no such threat had come from the Police.