Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has slammed the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti- Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay over comments he made concerning the violence that ensued during the state’s rerun election that held on Saturday.
Professor Sagay had, in an interview, alleged that Governor Wike was hindering the conduct of free and fair elections in Rivers State by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“Definitely, INEC is doing very well now. The case of Rivers state is not the fault of INEC in any way because we have totally determined and desperate politicians, led by the state governor, Nyesom Wike. These ones are determined that there will be no free and fair elections in Rivers state,” the professor said.
But in response to Sagay’s claim, Wike described him as a “beneficiary of the current dictatorship of the All Progressives Congress-led government”, adding that the Professor is a “false intellectual with a broken moral compass”.
The Governor said this in a statement by the Rivers State Commissioner of Information and Communications, Austin Tam- George.
“Prof. Sagay is an irresponsible defender of the APC’s regime of impunity. He is a happy beneficiary of the current dictatorship. No one in Nigeria takes Sagay with a pint of seriousness. He is one of the pseudo-intellectuals seduced by the honey of power,” the statement read.
“Sagay’s incessant and unwarranted attacks on governor Wike betray his frustration at the repeated failures of the APC government to overrun Rivers State, and loot the State’s treasury.
“Governor Wike has consistently called for a free, fair and transparent electoral process in Rivers State. This is a sovereign and non-negotiable right of the Rivers people. And we will defend this right with the last drop of our blood.
“Our leaders will never be chosen for us by any one from Katsina, Abuja or Sambissa Forest. Sagay is a false intellectual with a broken moral compass.”