We will resist attempts to rig in Rivers by INEC, security agencies, says Wike
APC urges IGP to probe killing of members
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has cautioned that the people would resist attempts by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to rig the pending rerun polls in the state.
In particular, any plot to ‘transplant the Edo State rigging model’ into Rivers will fail as the people were prepared for such eventuality.
Speaking while flagging off the reconstruction of Bonny Jetty at the Bille/Bonny/Nembe Waterfront in Port Harcourt, he stressed that the use the Edo governorship election model would not be tolerated.
According to him, anyone planning to steal the people’s mandate will be resisted, as nobody can intimidate the people of the state.
“I hear some persons celebrating that they will repeat what they did in Edo State, here in Rivers State. Somebody who is suffering from malaria can say anything. But nobody will use the police to rig the rerun elections in Rivers State. If you want to take our mandate by force, you will go by force. All the people of Rivers State must remain vigilant. INEC may want to take us unawares, said Wike.
On the flag off of the reconstruction of Bonny Jetty, which is the main gateway to Bonny and Bille in Rivers State and Nembe in Bayelsa State, the Governor said that the project is aimed at developing a quality water transport jetty where safety and security is promoted.
He explained that the reconstruction of the jetty was in fulfillment of the pledge that he made to the people of the area during the electioneering campaign.
The governor, who asked the residents of the area to support the contractor to deliver the contract on schedule, charged the contractor to employ the residents of the area in the course of reconstruction work.
In his remarks, Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Akie Fubara said the Bonny Jetty would have a new jetty walkway and platform, terminal building housing arrival and departure lounges, improved driveway, retention wall and enhanced car parks.
Managing Director of Raffoul Nigeria Limited, Mr. Hana Raffoul assured that the jetty would be constructed in line with international standards.
Meanwhile, The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has been urged to investigate the gruesome murder of Hon. Boris Neenwi and other All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwarts by unidentified gunmen in Nonwa Tai, in Tai Local Government Area.
Unknown gunmen murdered Neenwi, a former councilor alongside Manager Nkoba, Nornubari Loveday and Cecilia Loveday at Nonwa town on Monday.
The APC candidate for Rivers South East Senatorial District in the rerun election, Magnus Abe and the party’s chairman, Davis Ikanya, while appealing for the intervention of the police to unravel the mystery of the deaths, said until their assassination, the victims were strong supporters and loyalists of Senator Abe.
Abe said that a full and unbiased investigation would unknot those behind the act and restore the peoples’ confidence in the security agencies. He described Neenwi who hails from Yeghe in Gokana Local Government Area as a man of integrity, an advocate of peace and progress.
Similarly, Ikanya said the killing of Neenwi and others shares common factors with how another APC chieftain and ally of Senator Abe, late Dr. Vincent Eebee also from Yeghe was murdered six months ago.
The party urged security agencies in Rivers State and at the federal level to leave no stones unturned in ensuring that all those who have a hand in the killing of Neenwi and others, were apprehended and made to face justice.
“This is yet another senseless killing that must not be swept under the carpet as has become the pattern in Rivers State especially when APC members are the victims” Ikanya alleged.