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RIVERS RERUN: APC MEMBERS MARCH AGAINST WIKE by Omegachild(f) : 1:45 pm On Dec 17

Less 24 hours after Governor Nyesom
Wike of Rivers State led a peaceful
protest to the Police headquarters in
Port Harcourt, members of the All
Progressives Congress (APC ), led by
Oji Ngofa, its Deputy National
Chairman , also led a protest to the
police headquarters on Friday ,
requesting police investigation of the
state government .
While Governor Wike called for the
transfer of some senior police officers
he accused of rigging the recently
held rerun election for the All
Progressives Congress (APC ), the
APC Deputy National Chairman asked
the Rivers State Police Command to
investigate those arrested for ballot
box snatching , their sponsors in the
last election and bring them to book .
The APC protesters also alleged that
the PDP and the state government
were jolted by the fact that the
suspects so far paraded at the Police
headquarters in Abuja were spilling the
beans about their alleged sponsors .
Oji Ngofa further warned that should
there be any breakdown of law and
order in the state or attack on any of
the police officers the governor wants
transferred , the Police should not look
elsewhere.
The protesters carried placards with
various inscriptions. Among the
protesters were Asita O . Asita , deputy
governorship candidate in the 2015
poll, Dr Davies Ikanya , Chairman of
APC in Rivers and other chieftains of
the party.
Meanwhile , the Rivers State
Government has dismissed an online
audio leak alleging that Governor
Nyesom Wike had illicit contacts with
officials of the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC ) in the
run up to the rerun elections on 10
December.
“We categorically deny this latest
allegation as a sick fabrication, and an
outright lie . Governor Wike never
made any contact with INEC officials ,
in person or by telephone .
”Saharareporters. com is the online
propaganda bullhorn of the All
Progressives Congress (APC ). Their
publications are typically false , and the
writers are professional hawkers of
fiction .
The denial was contained in a
statement by Dr Austin Tam George ,
Commissioner for Information . He
described the audio as an
impersonation of Governor Wike,
using a voice changer technology .
“The voice changer technology is
often used by teenagers , especially in
South Korea and Japan to launch
innocent technological pranks at each
other, mainly for laughs.
The use of such a technology to
blackmail a governor is a new criminal
low for the APC , a party already widely
discredited for its addiction to
falsehood. ”
The APC National Publicity Secretary ,
Bolaji Abdullahi , however , said the
leaked audio recording revealed the
Rivers State governor admitting to
bribing some electoral officials and
threatening to kill them if his
instructions were not followed .
He pointed that by the revelations
from the leaked audio recordings , it is
obvious that Governor Wike may have
engaged in unwholesome conducts
that might have compromised the
integrity of the electoral process and
undermined his office as the Chief
Security Officer of a state.
He said the only logical conclusion
from this therefore is that the electoral
victories of the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP ) may have been achieved
through underhand dealings and
intimidation of officials .
The APC said that on December 6 ,
2016, it alerted security agencies on
reports of a massive arms build- up
and other sinister plots that Wike and
the PDP planned to execute on the
day of the legislative rerun elections in
Rivers State.
According to APC , Nigerians have
watched with grave concern how the
process of the just concluded
legislative rerun election has led to
the death of ordinary citizens in the
state including security officers . The
statement that Governor Wike
appeared to have made on record has
now pointed directly at where
responsibility should be placed for the
violence that attended the election .
The party said it is also evident that
the allegations by the Rivers State
government and the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP ) of an
assassination threat on Wike and the
allegation by Wike that APC governors
funded violence in the state during the
election might have been deliberately
contrived to cover - up the role that the
governor had played in the violence
that attended the election.
”The APC condemns any form of
violence as it relates to elections or
any other matter. In this instance, we
urge security agencies to do the
needful and ensure that sponsors and
perpetrators of violence , no matter
how highly placed, are brought to
justice.”
  

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