- Ekiti election has come and gone but reactions continue to trail the results
- Governor Nyesom Wike has described it as the worst political robbery in Nigeria's democratic history
- He also said any attempt to do the same in Rivers state will be resisted
Rivers state governor, Barrister Nyesom Wike, has declared that what transpired during the Ekiti governorship election is the worst political robbery in the nation's democratic history.
Governor Wike then said the APC-led federal government will not be able to replicate the Ekiti political robbery in Rivers state because Rivers people are fully prepared.
The governor made the comment on Sunday, July 15, at the Anglican Cathedral Church of Saint Paul, Port Harcourt during the Thanksgiving Service to mark the end of third year anniversary celebration of his administration.
His words: “Don't be worried about what happened in Ekiti state. We are prepared. It will not happen here in Rivers state.
“I have never experienced that kind of robbery in politics. I told my colleagues, do not give them any chance. Most of them in APC are happy that they will repeat the same thing in Rivers state, we are waiting, come and repeat. Let your spirit not be down, work hard and victory will be ours.”
On the Thanksgiving, Governor Wike said that the state government has come before God to appreciate him for a hitch-free programme, which spread across two months
He said that the third year anniversary of his administration offered Rivers people the opportunity to witness the superlative performance over the period under the review.
“We made sure that people who have eyes see what we have done for the state. Except those who are blind, for which there is nothing we can do about it.
“We will continue to do the best for the people of Rivers State. The people deserve the best. This one year we will not stop doing projects, irrespective of the elections,” he said.
Governor Wike then urged the people of Rivers state to continue to support his administration.
Meanwhile, the Centre for Transparency and Advocacy (CTA), an election observer and monitoring group monitoring the Ekiti governorship election, has commended the peaceful conduct of the exercise, saying there was great improvement in the conduct and performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Addressing journalists on its preliminary report of the election, the CTA executive director, Dr Chima Amadi, however, condemned the widespread cases of vote buying by politicians and their agents which was a major feature in the keenly contested poll.
Chima said contrary to earlier fears that the election would be marred with violence, the process was peaceful, even as he commended the electorates and security agencies for their professionalism.
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