Chief Eze hails INEC chairman on role of the Army, berates Wike


Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has commended the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for recognising the immense role played by the Nigerian Army to ensure a peaceful election process in the South-South during the governorship and House of Assembly elections last Saturday.

This is as the chieftain says he has hints indicating that Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has sent people to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the stalemated results in Rivers State with a promise to join the president’s party soon.

Eze said: “Let my friend, Wike, stop wasting the resources of Rivers State and his time by sending emissaries to President Muhammadu Buhari to save him and prevail on INEC to announce him as being reelected to engineer him joining the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the end of March, 2019. No ploy will save him from leaving office as the people of Rivers State have spoken and their votes will count this time around no matter the odds.”

Eze, who was the spokesman of the defunct new People’s Democratic Party (nPDP) and currently one of the most prolific mouthpieces of the APC in the South-South region, noted that the courage exhibited by Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu when he apologized to the Nigerian Air Force over the wrong allegation against the force that its personnel invaded the INEC office in Rivers State, had shown that the presence of the armed forces had prevented a repeat of the 2015 experience when Rivers people were killed in tens.

According to Eze, the presence of the armed forces, especially the Nigerian Army, has prevented a bloodbath, which the State Governor and Governorship candidate of the PDP, Chief Nyesom Wike, had orchestrated to unleash on the entire State and most especially on the opposition, through the hitherto proscribed Neighborhood Watch, which has been tagged his private army. Eze said except for a few cases where Wike had personally mobilised his Neighborhood Watch to cause mayhem in a couple of places, the Rivers election has remained mostly peaceful and lives preserved by the presence of the armed forces.

“Surprisingly instead of commending the Army for securing the lives of those that would have been wasted, he is rather sponsoring propaganda against the Army.

“I am happy that INEC is coming to terms with the desperation of some persons to use all means, both crude and wicked to sustain themselves in office; through the declaration of war against the Nigerian Army and resulting in the army losing some of its very prized and gallant officers and men, while some others are currently hospitalised and begging for their lives..

“It is good that the INEC apologized to the Nigerian Air Force for wrongfully accusing it of using its personnel to invade its premises in the state and disrupt the collation of results in the protracted governorship and House of Assembly polls. The Army is totally innocent of the concocted lies being manufactured on daily basis just to discredit an institution that means well for the State.

Eze asked the governor to accept defeat and allow a new governor, Engr Awara Biokpomabo of AAC to rebuild the state. Eze exposed that Wike had mobilised the Secretary of Rivers State Pilgrims Board and the Resident Priest of his chapel at his house on Ada George Road to mobilize Bishops and Priests to condemn the military just as he said the governor attempted to force traditional rulers to make statement against the army. He, however, counseled church leaders to understand that God is always ready to pass judgment against those who profess falsehoods in his name.

The APC chieftain went on to encourage the INEC officials that Wike, in his characteristic manner, may have compromised, to avoid the hammer of EFCC and abide by the general resolution by Rivers people to vote out Wike as he said the governor has been a disaster in the manner he has administered the State”.

He gave examples of the unwholesome plot of appointing and using key PDP officers as electoral officials in the ongoing Rivers State gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections by the REC:

He gave their details: Ledornu Gbenekanu  Mpigi, Returning officer khana LGA. A brother to Barry Mpigi, the PDP candidate for Rivers South East Senatorial zone is still a student and not a lecturer. Yet, he said, the Vice Chancellor of University of Port Harcourt allegedly issued him a letter of employment.

There is also Prof Nmom, Returning Officer, Tai LGA. Others are  Prof Joyce Akaniwo, RO for Ahoada West, Bright Chizobam Azuomwu: Returning Officer, Bonny LGA, who had contested in Rivers East Senatorial Primaries under PDP; and Peter Medee- RO, Emohua LGA. A widely known PDP Chieftain..

“For the AAC candidate to have overcome all these plots and still defeat Governor Wike massively simply exposes how weak and unacceptable Wike has become and INEC must not jeopardize the feelings of the people of Rivers State and do needful”,  Eze said.