Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has vowed to release a video showing the states’s commissioner of police and some politicians plotting to rig the December 10 rerun National and State assembly elections in the state.
The governor made the fresh allegations during the flag off of the rehabilitation of General Hospital, Abonnema, headquarters of Akuku Toru Local Government Area, in the state on Monday.
He said: “We are now in possession of the DVD of how the Police Commissioner and some politicians were planning on how to rig the forthcoming legislative re-run elections in Rivers State. At the appropriate time, we shall release the materials for Nigerians to understand the depth of the electoral fraud being perpetrated by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and the Police.”
The plan according to sources close to the governor is part of a move by some big wigs in the state to weaken the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and ensure the All Progressive Congress (APC) have a smooth sail in the poll.
In a swift reaction, the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Francis Odesanya, dared the governor to release the alleged video, as he cannot comment on the situation until he sees the video.
“Ask them to produce it before I respond, he said.
“Tell them I cannot respond until I see the video. There is what we call no case submission. This is when somebody alleges without proof. I cannot respond to something I have not seen. When I see it I will respond. So let them release the video.”
He also accused the governor for publicly accusing him of withdrawing his security aides ahead of next month’s legislative rerun elections in the state.
“As I speak to you, the Commissioner of Police has withdrawn the security around me,” Wike said last Friday. “It is God that will protect me. As a governor, the Commissioner of Police has the effrontery to withdraw my security. There is no limit to this kind of intimidation and impunity.”
Odesanya, on dismissing the allegation, said: “The last time, he said policemen had been withdrawn from him but I saw him on television with policemen behind him.”
Meanwhile, there are indications that the Department of State Security, DSS, plans to place Governor Wike, others under house arrest days before the December 10 rerun elections.