Nyesom Ezenwo Wike yesterday
declared that the forthcoming
legislative rerun elections in
the state would be a test of the
preparedness of the current federal
government to allow for the
deepening of democracy.
He reiterated that the Supreme
Court upheld his election on
the premise of laid down legal
principles applied in all the other
governorship appeals , saying that
no action was taken to influence
the judgment as alleged by the
In a statement signed by his
special Assistant on media, Mr.
Simeon Nwakaudu, the governor
who appeared on a radio phone-
in programme in Port Harcourt
yesterday, said that the people of
Rivers State would not allow the
planned use of security agencies
to rig the elections to materialise.
According to him, the
desperation to rig the forthcoming
rerun elections was part of a plot
by the APC to capture Rivers State
through fraudulent means as they
have arranged to write results and
go ahead with an impeachment
He said: “They are so desperate
to rig the elections. These elections
will be a test for democracy in
Governor Wike said that
contrary to claims by the APC, he
is not involved in inciting violence
as the warning he gave that those
who plan to rig the rerun elections
will be treated as political armed
robbers is in line with similar
warnings given by President
Muhammadu Buhari before the
last general elections.
“If they are coming to do proper
elections to let the will of the people
to prevail, we will support them.
Why are they worried simply
because we are fighting political
armed robbers”, he said.
On the issue of the Supreme
Court judgment which validated
his election, Governor Wike said
that just like in other governorship
elections, the Court held that the
Card reader was not superior
to the voter register in the
He added that the Supreme
Court also held that he was not
given fair hearing because the
second chairman of the Rivers
State Governorship Tribunal
passed a judgment in a motion that
he did not hear.
He stated that it was unfortunate
that the Rivers State APC would
misinterpret his vote of thanks and
single out Dr Peter Odili for attacks
when he listed several PDP leaders
who supported him as party men.
Governor Wike said that in
the earlier appeal he filed on the
issue of territorial jurisdiction with
Justice Mary Odili on the panel,
the Supreme Court dismissed his
appeal with the APC celebrating,
pointing out that on the Panel
without Justice Mary Odili, his
appeal was upheld.
He wondered why the Rivers
APC wants the world to believe
their falsehood that Justice Mary
Odili influenced a panel in which
she was not a member, but could
not influence the one she sat on.
Commenting on the military
invasion of Ogoni communities
which led to the loss of innocent
lives, Governor Wike said that he
supports fight against criminality,
but will never support the unjustified
killing of innocent people.
He said he visited Yeghe and
Bori as governor to ascertain the
level of damage and loss of lives.
He wondered why in the so-called
search for one Solomon Ndigbara,
the military would massively
deploy to Ogoni land to disrupt
very peaceful communities.
While blaming Senator Magnus
Abe for going about with soldiers to
intimidate his constituents, Governor
Wike said that it was unfortunate that
some politicians invite soldiers to
rout their peaceful communities.
He said that the Solomon
Ndigbara that Magnus Abe was
hunting for was Senator Abe’s
associate before they fell out
“Senator Magnus Abe should
apologise to the Ogoni people. I
am an Ikwerre man. Have you ever
seen me invite the military to our
land?” he said.
He denied making any inciting
statement when he attended the
Birthday of Senator Lee Maeba,
saying that all he did was to
campaign for the PDP candidate,
Senator Olaka Nwogu.
The governor added that he
intercepted a communication
wherein Senator Abe stated that
he can only emerge victorious
through the help of soldiers during
the rerun elections.
Governor Wike emphasised his
declaration that top government
functionaries, PDP candidates in
the forthcoming rerun elections
and PDP leaders should resist
arrest from security agents detailed
to destabilise the PDP ahead of the
He said he believes in the rule
of law hence he will not allow
anyone to use illegal means to
manipulate the election process in