Rivers Run: Wike, APC Exchange Words Over Leaked Audio  

By Ikenga Chronicles December 16, 2016

The clash of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and his predecessor Rotimi Amaechi got to its peak on Thursday, December 15 over a leaked audio tape posted online.

The revelations contained in the said recording, made public by an online newspaper, Sahara Reporters, on Thursday, provided evidence of alleged unwholesome practices.

Reacting, Wike’s Commissioner for Information, Austin Tam-George, said that the governor never made any contact with INEC officials in person or through the telephone.

Tam-George argued that the online outfit, Saharareporters.com, engaged in an audio impersonation of the governor, using a voice changer technology.

“We categorically deny these latest allegations as a sick fabrication, 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. Their publications are typically false and the writers are professional hawkers of fiction.”

“No one would have thought that the APC and its cowardly media allies would resort to an audio impersonation of Governor Nyesom Wike, using a voice changer technology.”

“The voice changer technology is often used by teenagers mainly in South Korea and Japan to launch innocent technological pranks at each other, mainly for laughs.”

“The APC and Saharareporters.com are inmates in the prison of their own lies. We reject the latest blackmail by the APC” he added.

Meanwhile, in a shocking report circulated by  Lere Olayinka, media aide to Ekiti State Governor, on Thursday night,  Omoleye Sowore, SaharaReporters  Publisher was accused of collecting $350,000 (N169 million) bribe from Amaechi.

‘’Sources who confirmed the deal, said the $350,000 was sourced from NIMASA and Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), with NIMASA releasing $220,000 as payment for international image laundering consultancy while NDDC paid $130,000 for what they called; publicity retainership,” the report said.

The report added: ‘’In carrying out this brief, Omoyele Sowore who is a master in blackmail and ‘Jankara Journalism’ deployed technologies called Natural Voices and Comparator feature from AV Voice Changer Software Diamond cook up modulated audio fables to hoodwink the unsuspecting public.”

‘’Interesting enough, Sahara Reporters has been silent on the actions of the military, Police and INEC during Rivers Rerun despite video evidences already circulating on social media.’’

Also, the All Progressives Congress(APC) said the leaked audio recording confirmed its worst fears that the elections were rigged.

It noted that revelations contained in the said recording, made public by an online newspaper, Sahara Reporters, on Thursday, provided evidence of alleged unwholesome practices.

The party also said the audio recording was a pointer to the fact that the governor might have compromised the integrity of the electoral process and the integrity of his office as Chief Security Officer.

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