It is exactly one week today since the Rivers re-run was conducted and reactions and comments are still trailing the exercise. The governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that the “invasion” of the state by security agents during the December 10 re-run was an indication that the 2019 general elections will be a 'Tsunami' of sort.
Wike said Nigerians should expect fighter jets to be used during the next general elections, wondering why the military, 28,000 policemen and gunboats should be used for an ordinary legislative re-run.
The governor, who addressed journalists in Port Harcourt, observed that even Divisional Police Officers in the state were transferred a day before the re-run.
He said, “If you can have an invasion by the military, police, DSS and INEC for ordinary legislative re-run elections, then if you have presidential and governorship elections, it will be a Tsunami.
“There will be fighter jets, they will locate people’s houses and bomb them because that is the only thing remaining. That is why I said anybody who is thinking about 2019 is wasting his time.
“28,000 policemen, three gunboats and others; even DPOs were transferred a day to the election. Some of the security agents had charms in their vehicles for the legislative re-run. They must bomb everybody who does not agree with them,” he added.
On the audio clip alleging that he threatened officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Wike described the material (audio clip) as contrived, adding that it was sponsored by the All Progressives Congress.
He said, “When you look at certain things, you just laugh. At no time did I speak to any electoral officer, let alone issue threats to any electoral officer. There is nowhere I spoke to an electoral officer, threatening him or her as the case maybe.
“It is totally not correct. The major issue is: did the police participate in rigging election? Did the army participate in rigging the election? Did INEC compromise?
“Let them face the reality and stop chasing shadows. What is audio clip? What can’t this government do? I don’t have an orderly; I don’t have a chief security officer, I don’t have camp commandant. All were taken away before the election.”
The governor said rather than bring the SARS Commander, Akin Fakorede, to justice for the roles he played during the re-run, as captured on video, the police authorities arrested the policemen who accompanied him (Wike) to stop the commander from swapping Rivers East Senatorial District results sheet.
He said, “They have now arrested and detained the policemen, who accompanied me to the collation centre to stop him. Even Akin Fakorede, who was caught on video, has been released so that police can bungle it. What kind of country is this?