Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has raised alarm in his own version of broadcast saying he has got ‘credible intelligence’ that a minister had perfected plot to bomb the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.
The governor the plots were also to destroy voting centres and bomb registration area centres and key points of the election, just to get the election cancelled.
Governor Wike who declared Friday 15th February, 2019 as public holiday for Rivers people to pray said his sources linked a minister and his cohorts in a factionalised party to prevent the peaceful conduct of the general elections in Rivers State with the support of some unpatriotic military and police officers.
“The security officers have been detailed to provide covert and overt operational covers for the minister’s armed militants and thugs in military camouflage and fake police uniforms to bomb INEC Offices, cart away or destroy voting materials at Registration Area Centres, and disrupt the voting processes across the state on a scale that will force INEC to abruptly call off elections on the ground of insecurity “.
The governor said that several Hilux vehicles painted in military colours and gunboats donated by a an director of the Nigerian Ports Authority have been handed over to the militants to carry out the illegal anti-democratic attacks across the state.
While expressing worry on the needless threats of violence by the minister at the party’s last presidential campaign rally on Tuesday in Port Harcourt, Gov Wike said the APC internal crisis was a fallout of the minister’s love for impunity, arrogance and disdain for due process.
“It is therefore most unfortunate that instead of using internal party mechanisms to settle the festering crisis before it was too late, the minister chose to act with impunity and is now hunted by the unpleasant outcomes of his arrogance and disdain for due process. Even at that, the Supreme Court has spoken and the only rational path left for him is to recognise the fact that justice has prevailed over impunity “.
Gov Wike added: “At this point, let me remind us that these are strange and tempting times in our political experience that call for utmost vigilance and maturity in our response to the willful provocations from the APC and the security agencies, who are clearly working together on a well choreographed script to destabilize the State and prevent the general elections from holding in the State”.
He called on Rivers people to remain peaceful remain peaceful and go about with their lawful activities and refrain from returning violence for violence despite the provocation.