Rivers Re-Run:Trouble Deepens As Amaechi Reacts to Wike’s Allegation

By Ikenga Chronicles December 12, 2016

The rift between the former Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi and his successor, Mr Nyesom Wike, is deepening, even as the electoral body tries to conclude legislative elections in some local councils in the state.

Both Amaechi and Wike have traded blames and have made daunting allegations against each other, which critics said were capable of heating up the polity at a time of election.

Amaechi, who is now the Minister of Transportation, on Sunday reacted to allegations by Governor Wike that his political party, the All Progressives Congress(APC)was using delay tactics to tamper with the results in areas where candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (Wike’s political party) were in clear lead.

In a statement Amaechi’s spokesman, said that Governor Wike must allow the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to collate and announce results of the rerun elections.

“As governor, Wike cannot be INEC or dictate to INEC how and when to announce election results. It is sad that Wike is desecrating the office of the governor with all his spurious allegations” the statement read.

Governor Wike had earlier expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of the legislative re-run election.He said that the collated results were being manipulated in favour of the opposition political party. He also claimed that strong efforts were being made to upturn the results in places already won by candidates of the PDP.

He expressed worry over Rivers East, Rivers West, Andoni and Opobo Nkoru Federal Constituencies, where he said his party’s candidates were set to sweep the polls.

Although the army has since denied involvement in the process, the governor insisted there were video evidences.

Rift between the former Governor and his successor was also seen few days ago when Mr Amaechi accused Governor Wike and his political party, the PDP, of being behind killings in Rivers State.

Amaechi claimed that Mr Wike could not deny his involvement and sponsorship of the killing of innocent Rivers people and stalwarts of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 general elections and the March 19 re-run elections in the state.

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