Chukwudi Akasike, Port Harcourt
AHEAD of the December 10 legislative rerun in Rivers, the state Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has accused the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Francis Odesanya, of conniving with some politicians to rig the poll.
Wike said the state government would in the coming weeks release the audio-visual footages of the state Police Commissioner plotting with politicians on how to manipulate the election.
The governor spoke during a ceremony to commence the rehabilitation of the General Hospital, Abonnema in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area on Monday.
Wike noted that the audio-visual footages would be made public through different media platforms to expose the extreme rigging desires of the Independent National Electoral Commission with the backing of the police and other security agencies.
“We are now in possession of the DVD of how the Police commissioner and some politicians were planning on how to rig the forthcoming legislative rerun elections in Rivers State.
“At the appropriate time, we shall release the materials for Nigerians to understand the depth of the electoral fraud being perpetrated by INEC and police.
“For the security of this all important audio-visual material, we have mass produced them and kept them at different locations. Nigerians are entitled to know the truth about the unfortunate rigging machine. Now that we have caught them on tape, this will shake the world. Rivers State is not like other states where you can plot and execute easy rigging plans,” the governor said.
But in his reaction, the state Police commissioner told our correspondent that he would remain neutral and non-partisan, adding while he was working towards a free and fair election, the governor was distracting him.
“My position is this: I am going to be neutral, I am going to be non-partisan, I am going to be neutral and everybody will have a level-playing field. I am planning how to make election free and fair, but he (governor) is distracting me with all these; The governor is saying he has a clip where I was discussing with the APC on how to rig the election. Election is barely two weeks; if he has a clip, why is he saying it? Let him release it now.
“I don’t know whether a minister of the Federal Republic cannot be seen talking with me. If the minister representing the state is in town and he calls me, can I not see him? Is it an offence?,” he asked. (Punchng.com)