- As 2019 approaches, Governor Nyesom Wike has alleged that there is a plan by the federal government to frustrate the opposition via security and anti-graft agencies
- Wike claimed that he had it on good authority that the EFCC and ICPC would be used to freeze the accounts of opposition state governments
- He said the plot is dangerous for democracy and will further heighten tensions in the country
Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, alleged on Wednesday, April 25, that the federal government is set to deploy its security and anti-graft agencies to frustrate the opposition through blocking the accounts of hostile state governments, Vanguard reports.
According to the governor, the government aimed to cut off the opposition’s funding as 2019 approaches. He said the financial base of these perceived “opposition governors and states” would be weakened and they would be ineffectual in mobilising supporters for the crucial elections, if the plan sails through.
NAIJ.com learnt that Wike claimed that he had it on good authority that the anti-graft agencies; notably, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practice and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) will be used to freeze the accounts of opposition state governments.
He said: “But the real deal is to render the opposition financially incapacitated, so that they can’t mobilise towards the polls. But this is dangerous for democracy. This will further heighten tensions in the country.
“We hope they jettison this evil plot. Elections should not be a do-or-die matter.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Nyesom Wike said that the Independent National Electoral Commission had adopted two strategies with the intention of rigging the 2019 elections in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Wike stated that INEC planned to print unauthorised ballot papers for Rivers, Delta and Akwa Ibom states so as to remove certain newly registered political parties as a basis for the nullification of the elections of the three states.
The governor also alleged that the federal government intends to use security forces to cause confusion and violence on the day of the governorship elections in the three states.
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