Only political armed robbers will kick against my promotion of credible elections –Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that only those in support  of  political armed robbery will kick against  his declaration  that those who plan to rig election  in the state will be resisted.

Governor  Wike  also stated that desperation  for power was behind the killing of Ogoni people via an ill-fated military  operation  last Monday and Tuesday. He said  his administration  will  stand firm to protect the Ogoni people.

Speaking  on Saturday  during  an interdenominational Thanksgiving  and Victory Celebration  of  the historic Supreme Court verdict  that validated his election, Governor Wike said  he stands for free and fair rerun elections in Rivers State, declaring that nobody will  be  allowed to subvert the mandate of the people with the use of the military.

The governor  noted that  it is the responsibility  of  the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct  credible rerun  elections.

He, however,  said: “Let me reiterate. If any INEC  officer is bent on rigging the rerun  elections,  let him first tell his wife and children  where his will is located because  he will  be  treated as a political  armed robber.

“Popularity  is tested on the ground.  It is not by carrying  Army around to intimidate voters. As your governor,  I don’t carry army around. How can a politician  be campaigning with soldiers? “

The  governor said no matter the number  of  soldiers introduced  in Rivers State, the people will protect their votes and PDP  will emerge victorious  in all the rerun  elections.

“I will  continue  to  threaten  political  armed robbers. I will stand firm against  those who use guns to steal votes”.

Governor Wike  who led the congregation  to observe  a minute silence  for those killed by the army during an ill-fated  operation in Ogoni Land on Monday and Tuesday,  announced  that the Rivers State Government will cater for the needs of the widows, their children  and all the loved ones of those who lost their lives.

He urged  the  people to vote for the PDP  in all the forthcoming  re-run  elections  in the state.

“When I went to Luuwa for the 50th Birthday Celebration of Senator Lee Maeba, I  told our people not to vote Senator  Magnus Ngei Abe and the APC. There is no way I will play anti-party. Magnus Abe  is my friend,  but the people of Rivers South-east Senatorial District should  vote Senator Olaka Nwogu. We have a duty to make sure that the APC  does not win a single seat during the  March 19 rerun elections “.

He said  that though  he supports the security  agencies  to  fight against  criminals and criminality,  he will never support  the  killing  of innocent Ogoni people as was the case during  the  ill-fated operation.

The governor  said  that  the  state  will never be tired of thanksgiving,  because  it was delivered  from the evil machinations  of the enemies of  Rivers People.

In his address,  Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose said  the  Supreme Court verdict  cleared the mess of the process and planted the rule of law.

He described  Governor Wike  as a man destiny who liberated Rivers State from the shackles of political  bandage.

Also speaking,  PDP National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff said that the Supreme Court Justices simply confirmed  the  will of  Rivers People by the verdict.

Preaching at the PDP  interdenominational Thanksgiving Service,  Pastor David Ibiyeomie of the Salvation Ministries said thanksgiving  opens the way for more blessing.

The PDP Thanksgiving and Victory  Celebration for the Supreme Court verdict  attracted thousands of Rivers People from the 23 Local Government Areas of the state. 


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