Governor Nyesom Wike has accused the police of sabotaging the Rivers state electoral process and declaring war the state. The governor made the accusation on Sunday, August 19, in reaction to the reported violence that marred the Rivers state by-election, Vanguard reports. Speaking in a state broadcast, Wike accused the police of colluding with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to disrupt the election.
“The consistent sabotage of the electoral process by the Police amounts to a declaration of war against the people of Rivers State and their solemn rights to freely and fairly choose their leaders and representatives,” the governor alleged. “Clearly there are dangerous times ahead but we must not give in to intimidation lest we loose our liberties and become slaves in our own land. “Against the backdrop it is up to the people of Rivers State to choose the option that will serve their interest.” Wike claimed the police failed to adhere to its promise to remain neutral and act professionally. He alleged that the police subverted democracy in collusion with the opposition. “As we had feared, the Police failed us completely once again and negated all that they promised. Instead of providing security for voters and INEC officials the Police brazenly colluded with political thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to subvert the democratic process and denied the people of Port Harcourt Constituency III their rights to free, fair and credible elections,” he said.
“Confirmed reports from the field indicated that INEC promptly and rightly distributed elections materials to all the polling units within a recorded time.” The governor however commended INEC for acting professionally. He also thanked the people of Port Harcourt state constituency three for their peaceful conduct during the botched poll.