Wike a threat to democracy, free, fair elections - Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation

…claims Wike’s thug carted away materials during inconclusive Ikwerre LGA polls

Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation
Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transportation

The immediate past governor of Rivers state and Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said that his successor Nyesom Wike is a threat to democracy, a threat to free and fair elections in Rivers State.

Amaechi also stated that the elections in his Ikwerre Local Government Area (LGA) is inconclusive because thugs sent by Wike violently disrupted the collation of votes for the LGA.

In a statement issued by Amaechi’s media office in response to the threats and allegations by Wike in THISDAY newspaper of Saturday, Amaechi described Wike as a clear danger and threat to free and fair elections, devoid of violence in Rivers State.

“Wike’s riotous comments in THISDAY of Saturday is disgraceful and shameful. His resort to blackmail, threats and more violence is a clear danger to the practice of democracy, to free and fair elections in Rivers State.”

“You would recall that Wike has been threatening INEC and INEC officials. Before the re-run elections, he threatened INEC officials coming to conduct the elections to write their wills before coming as if they were coming to die in Rivers State. Sadly, an INEC adhoc staff, a youth corper was killed, murdered. This is a classic case of the owl crying in the night and the baby not waking up in the morning. He threatened INEC before the elections and an INEC official sent to conduct election was murdered on election day, what
other evidence do we need to know who is responsible for the death of the INEC official?”

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“Wike is a loose cannon, threatening INEC with violence, fire and brimstone. This is intolerable and completely unacceptable. No democracy can survive with Wike’s kind of attitude and disposition to elections. Wike can’t just go on and on threatening crisis, war and more violence just because of his desperation to win elections.”

On Amaechi’s LGA, Ikwerre LGA elections that Wike claimed PDP won, the statement described Wike’s claim as a cheap lie and another cheap attempt by Wike to blackmail INEC to announce an inconclusive election in favour of PDP.

On Ikwerre LGA, the statement said, “The problem in Ikwerre LGA elections was caused by the same Wike who sent his goons to the LGA collation centre to disrupt the collation. The collating officer for the LGA, Dr. Allwell Egeonu told the press and it is on video, that he was lucky to escape alive as thugs, hoodlums invaded the Ikwerre LGA collation centre in Isiokpo, that they were shooting for
over 30 minutes and everybody had to run for their lives.

letter of Dr. Allwell Egeonu, the Collating officer of Ikwerre LGA
letter of Dr. Allwell Egeonu, the
Collating officer of Ikwerre LGA

The Wike goons took away all the materials. According to the INEC Collating official, nothing was collated in Ikwerre LGA. And this man’s story is on tape. He spoke to the media. The Collating Officer for Ikwerre LGA also went to the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Rivers State, reported what happened and also wrote about it to the State REC. A copy of the letter is available for all to see. The video is also available online. Many media houses reported it and showed the video.”

“So what result for Ikwerre LGA is Wike talking about? The man INEC sent to collate the results for the LGA, Dr. Egeonu says there is no result for the LGA because he didn’t collate anything, yet Wike is all over the place disgracing himself that Amaechi lost his LGA. He’s all over the place, threatening crisis, threatening INEC with fire and brimstone, for INEC to release a result that does not even exist, in the first place. You can now understand the kind of desperate fellow we are dealing with here. This must not
be allowed to continue. Wike cannot hold an entire state, hostage. He’s a clear danger and threat to the practice of democracy, and free and fair elections in Rivers State. If he’s not threatening crisis, fire and war against Rivers people, he is orchestrating and organizing violence against the people, the same people he swore to protect. This is condemnable, utterly reprehensible and
unacceptable”, the statement read.