Rivers-Run: Four APC Governors Sponsored Violence By Contributing A Billion Each-Wike Alleges

By Ikenga Chronicles December 15, 2016

Four All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors was on Wednesday, December 14 indicted for sponsoring violence in last Saturday’s Rivers State re-run elections. They are the Governors of Bauchi, Benue, Kano and Plateau states.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, during a state-wide broadcast did not mention his rival Rotimi Amaechi but accused the governors of contributing 1 billion naira each to unleash violence on the people of the state during the re-run poll.

Wike said that “the brazen subversion of our democratic rights” was carefully planned by the APC which brazenly used Federal might to ensure the return of APC candidates at all cost.

He said that the state government had received credible information on the planned electoral theft and mass violence through security agents, especially two Senior Policemen, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Steven Hasso and the Commander of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Chief Superintendent of Police, Akin Fakorede.

He said: “If Rivers people could be visited with such a despicably high degree of violence, mayhem and killings by some renegade military and SARS operatives with impunity just to rescue the dying political fortunes of the All Progressives Congress in a mere legislative re-run elections, then we can now begin to imagine what is likely to happen in the state when the political stakes would be very much higher in 2019.”

“They accused us of raising unnecessary alarms when we cried aloud over their devilish plans to use the federally controlled SARS to disenfranchise our people and manipulate the re-run election process towards achieving some pre-arranged outcomes against the will of the people.”

“Today, we have clearly and eloquently been vindicated. Despite the unprecedented deployment of over 28,000 police personnel, three helicopters and 20 gun boats for the re-run elections, we all witnessed how Stephen Hasso, Akin Fakorede and their gang of marauders took direct and complete control of the election process from INEC in the Rivers South- East Senatorial District, as well as in Ikwerre, Emuoha and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas, and left unimaginable trails of mayhem, shooting, maiming and killing of innocent people.”

“Indeed, never in our history have Rivers people been so physically, mentally and psychologically brutalized, traumatized and denied their rights to freely and fairly elect our leaders by shameless gangs of hired, power drunk, trigger-happy and irresponsible security officers and their political collaborators” he said.

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