Governor Wike accuses Amaechi of planning INEC offices to bombing

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Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike accused Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi of plotting on Thursday to bomb INEC offices, destroying voting materials in registration centers and disrupting Saturday’s peaceful conduct of state elections.

Wike explained that Amaechi allegedly planned to carry out the attack on INEC offices in liaison with some military and police officers. The governor also declared Friday, February 15, 2019, a public holiday for the people of the rivers to pray for God’s intervention to ensure peaceful elections.

Wike said credible intelligence revealed the minister’s plot in a state broadcast on Thursday before the general election. “Credible intelligence has linked Rotimi Amaechi and his cohorts in the factionalized APC with plans to prevent the peaceful conduct of general elections in the state of Rivers with the support of unpatriotic military and police officers,” the governor said.

He said that the militants were handed over several Hilux vehicles painted in military colors and gunboats donated by a top official of the Nigeria Ports Authority to carry out the attacks throughout the state.

Wike expressed worry over what he described as needless threats of violence by the Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council at the party’s last presidential rally on Tuesday in Port Harcourt.

The governor described the internal crisis rocking the APC in the state as the consequence of Amaechi’s arrogance and refusal to follow due process.

“It is, therefore, most unfortunate that instead of using internal party mechanisms to settle the festering crisis before it was too late, Rotimi Amaechi chose to act with impunity and is now hunted by the unpleasant outcomes of his arrogance and disdain for due process.

“Even at that, the Supreme Court has spoken and the only rational path left for Rotimi Amaechi is to recognize the fact that justice has prevailed over impunity,” he added.

The governor, however, advised him to be political mature to accept the consistent decisions of the courts in good faith and wait for 2023 elections.

He maintained that Rivers State remained peaceful and ready for the general elections, even as he warned against any negative action that could upset the peace of the state and disrupt her economic processes.

In his reaction, Amaechi said he had never hired militants or thugs for any reason since he joined politics 33 years ago, challenging any politician to show evidence that he had ever been involved in hiring thugs to cause destruction.

Describing Wike’s allegations as false, he said, “I joined politics 33 years ago, let one politician either at the national or state level say he attended a meeting with Amaechi where I discussed about hiring thugs.”

The minister, however, alleged that the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, was interested in ensuring that Wike got a second term in office as governor of Rivers State.

Amaechi pointed out that Yakubu was the Director of TETFUND when Wike was the Minister of State for Education.

He said, “INEC is always working for the PDP. For an example, there is a stay of execution granted by the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, just because the INEC chairman was a director of TETFUND when Wike was the minister, he has refused to implement the judgment.”

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