Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Gov. Wike threatens to expose video that shows atrocities committed by the military during rerun election


Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has accused the military of committing varying atrocities in the Saturday rerun elections that held in the state on Saturday March 19. In a statement released by the Governor’s Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, the Governor said the video will be released to the public in due time. Read statement below;


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the state government has compiled videos of the atrocities committed by the military across the state during the rerun elections, saying that the videos will be released to the public at the appropriate time.
The governor also stated that with the declaration of results by returning officers in the respective constituencies, no INEC official is empowered by law to cancel or nullify such results.
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He said that the military orchestrated violence in the state could be part of a plot by the APC to declare a state of emergency on the state on the premise of heightened propaganda.
Speaking during an interview on Monday, Governor Wike said : "We have videos of the atrocities committed by the military across Rivers State. We shall release them at the appropriate time.
"There is an attempt to cause violence to declare a state of emergency in Rivers State. "
He noted that the statement by the National Secretariat of the PDP that the Federal Government plans a state of emergency in the state should not be disregarded as there is always an element of truth to every rumour.
According to him, the APC is merely involved in propaganda to create the impression of violence.
On the further rerun in eight local government areas, Governor Wike said measures should be taken by INEC to address the challenges noticed during the March 19 elections.
He suggested that one Resident Electoral Commissioner should be assigned to one local government area for greater efficiency in the conduct of the polls.
The governor said that the PDP won the elections in the declared constituencies because Rivers State is purely a PDP state.
"While we campaigned, they were not campaigning .With what I have done in a few months , it will be difficult to defeat PDP in the state," he stated.
On the failed attempt by the Defeated Rivers State APC Governorship Candidate, Dakuku Peterside to hijack result spreadsheet from Ikwere /Emohua Federal Constituency in Isiokpo on Sunday , Governor Wike said it was unfortunate that the APC used the media to lie that the APC chieftain escaped assassination attempt. He said the falsehood was possible because APC controls the management of majority of the media.
The governor explained that Rivers State since the 1970s has always been a one -party state, but noted that in 2015, an opposition party arose for the first time.
"Now, we have a strong opposition for the first time. It is a healthy development ", he said.

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