Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the All Progressives Congress, APC, is not in a position to win any election in the state, adding that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi is merely sponsoring violence to remain relevant politically.
Governor Wike also said that with the proofs of corruption against him, Amaechi resorted to blackmailing the leadership of the APC that he would reveal to the public how much he invested in the party’s campaign if he was not confirmed as a minister.
This is even as the Senate Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, led by Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio insisted that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, must release the collated results of the March 19, 2016 rerun elections.
Speaking during a solidarity visit by the PDP Senate Caucus, Governor Wike said the Minister of Transportation lost his local government area and Federal Constituency, hence his desperation to influence the release of the results.
He said: “Any person who loves Mr President won’t be causing unnecessary crisis for him. We have problem in the North East, problem in the South-East, so there is no need for another problem in the South-South.
“It is good that the elections were held so that Nigerians will know the truth about the polity. If elections are held 20 times, PDP will win”.
The governor decried the role played by soldiers during the rerun elections. He said the military were directly involved in the elections at polling units and at the collation centres in direct violation of the Electoral Act.
He regretted the killing of the corps member, Samuel Okonta during the rerun elections, but stressed that investigation into the type of bullet that killed him must be made public. He confirmed that the state government will immortalise the late corps member.
Earlier, the Senate Minority Leader and Leader of Senate PDP Caucus, Senator Godswill Akpabio said that the victory recorded by the PDP in Rivers State is: “A clear case of justice being done by God”.
While describing Rivers State as peaceful , Senator Akpabio regretted the sponsored propaganda by the opposition to destroy the image of the state. He said that there is no other political party in the state outside the PDP.
He called for tolerance in the political space to allow for the sustenance of the state’s multiparty democracy.
Highpoint of the visit was the donation of N1million by the Senate to the family of late Okonta through Governor Wike. Senator Akpabio prayed that Okonta’s death would be the last of such during elections. He also commiserated with the government and people of the state over the death of PDP members during the rerun elections.