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Statement cooked by police to justify violence on Rivers people, says Wike

Statement cooked by police to justify violence on Rivers people, says Wike

Who is fooling who? Rivers government on Tuesday denied that Governor Nyesom Wike spent N111m to bribe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) staff during the December 10, 2016 re-run legislative elections in the state.

The panel constituted to investigate the electoral and other offences perpetrated during the re-run elections alleged that it recovered N111m from 23 INEC officials.

Chairman of the panel, Damian Okoro, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, made the allegation while presenting the team’s report to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris in Abuja on Tuesday.

He alleged that three senior electoral officers collected N20m each out of the N360m given to them by Wike while the remaining officers received N15m each.

Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers Governor on Electronics Media, said the allegation was false and politically motivated.

Nwakaudu said in a statement in Port Harcourt that the police allegation was aimed at diverting attention from the real issues about the elections.

“The statement (by the police) is patently false, politically motivated and cooked by the police to justify the violence they visited on the people of Rivers state during the re-run” he said.

Wike according to him did not spend N360m to rig the re-run elections.

“For the  avoidance of doubt, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike did not spend N360m to rig the  re-run legislative elections of December 10, 2016.

“The people of Rivers State overwhelmingly voted the PDP  across the state because of the outstanding performance of Governor Wike  since May 29, 2015, Nwakaudu said.


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