Wike: They are trying to be funny but we will win


* Wife, too voted at Unit 7, Ward 9, Obio/Akpor LGA

 By Gladys Nweke

Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Saturday voted during the Governorship and State Assembly elections, declaring that he is confident of victory.

The governor, together with his wife Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike, voted at about 11:15am after him and his was duly accredited.

The Governor voted in Unit 7, Ward 9, his Rumuepirikom hometown in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area in Rivers State.

Addressing journalists after voting, Governor Wike said despite the attempts to manipulate the election in some Local Government Areas, he is sure of victory.

“We are hoping that it will continue to be like this. Sometimes, the voting goes on smoothly, but the main thing is at the collation centres.

“For now, we are satisfied and confident that we will win this election very well. We are not afraid. We don’t know how many Local Government Areas they can manipulate. From the reports we are gathering, even though they are trying to be funny, we shall win.”

Governor Wike said that the turnout during the election was affected by the illegal activities of the military. “The way the military acted discouraged people from turning up. The role of the military is to provide security. But it is unfortunate that they directly participate. Police have no role in the elections. The military appears to have taken over police duties.”