- Governor Wike raises alarm of an alleged foul play by the APC ahead of the March 19, 2016 rerun legislative elections in River state
- The APC fires back at Wike, demanding he presents proof for his allegation
- Wike urge the people of Rivers state to vote Senator Olaka Nwogu ahead of Magnus Abe of the APC
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has alleged that Dr Davis Ikanya, the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Rivers state chapter, has written a letter to the director general of the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Army High Command, requesting that prominent leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) be arrested on the eve of the March 19, 2016 rerun legislative elections in the state.
Wike made this allegation while addressing thousands of PDP members at Luuwa in Khana local government area during the 50th birthday of Senator Lee Maeba on Saturday, February 20.
According to him, he moved to intercept the letter by Ikanya to the security agencies.
Wike said that the people of the state will resist any attempt to use the security forces to rig the rerun elections.
He added that the PDP will win the rerun legislative elections no matter the level of intimidation and arrests of PDP members by the security forces.
He said: "We will support INEC to conduct free and fair elections, but nobody who rigs the election will go free.”
Wike charged Ogoni people to vote all PDP candidates during the rerun elections so that the development process of his administration will be enhanced.
He urged the people of Rivers South East to vote Senator Olaka Nwogu ahead of Magnus Abe of the APC.
According to Wike, Nwogu will defend the interest of the people at the National Assembly, but Magnus Abe will only go to the National Assembly to work against the state.
However, in a swift response, Dr Davis Ikanya, the APC state chairman denied ever writing any letter to security agencies to arrest members of the PDP.
Davis had this to say about the allegation: "Is the Governor now a Mail-Runner? Did he go the DSS office to collect the letter? It all issues of lies dished out for cheap popularity I challenge him to produce the letter."
Ikanya said that the only letter he wrote to security agencies was for them protect the lives and properties of APC members who are daily slaughtered. He also said he asked security agencies to arrest those who the surviving victims have alleged attacked them and butchered loved ones.
He said: “As the Chief Security Officer of the State how many of the areas where citizens of state are wantonly slaughtered has Nyesom Wike visited to condemn the heinous crimes or commensurate with victims since he became Governor.
"If our people are being killed and the Governor is insensitive when has it become a crime that a political party ask security agencies to be alive to their duty.
"Those criminals are butchering our people and carrying away their heads in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government areas. Is Governor Wike saying they are PDP members? If they are they above the law?
"When has it become a crime for an individual or group to ask for protection from law enforcement agencies? Must the Governor only be concerned about winning elections? Those being butchered don't they have right to life?"
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