Wike  to election riggers: ‘You’ll be treated as armed robbers’

By Samuel Tombra, Port Harcourt


Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has reiterated his warning to those planning to rig the  rerun  elections in Rivers state, noting that they will be treated as armed robbers by the people.



Addressing civil servants in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, the governor said, “Every January  27 will be observed as a public holiday in this state because that is the day God came down to  save  Rivers State. 


“What people  must understand is that power comes from God. We know God speaks last and he has spoken.”


The governor also announced that Friday February 5, will be observed as a public holiday to enable all Rivers people  prepare for the rerun elections.


He urged the civil servants  and  other Rivers  people to ensure they vote for PDP  candidates in the re-run elections to promote harmony in governance  and  sustain the development agenda of the state government.


He pointed  out that the  defeated  APC  in the State plans to use the rerun elections  to enter the political  arena through the window  having been shut out by the people  and the Supreme Court. 


“When someone  cannot come through  the  door, he may want to come through  the  window.  Rivers people  must not allow them. Our people  must stop them from entering  through the window  to obstruct the good works of this administration.”


Speaking  further on the rerun  elections,  Governor   Wike  said  that  the  will of the Rivers people will prevail,  adding  that the use of security  forces and other electoral officials  to rig the process will fail woefully.

According  to  him, the people  believe  in the transformational leadership of  the  PDP,  stressing  that  it was exhibited in Bayelsa State,  where the use of force by security  agents failed to deliver  electoral victory.


He said: “Anyone  who plans to rig an election  is an armed robber and should  be  treated as such. If you are coming  to  rig an election  in the state, first prepare  your will before embarking  on the journey.  Inform your wife or husband  and go ahead to say your last prayer.


“When they used the security  forces in Bayelsa  State,  it didn’t work.  It will also not work here in Rivers State.  Rivers State  is a peaceful state and our people are peace loving. We want to remain  so”.


The  governor  assured  civil servants and pensioners  that his administration  will  continue to pay their salaries and  pensions. He said  all welfare  issues  will be  given top priority.


He, however,  stated that  steps will be taken by the administration  to verify the actual  number of civil servants  and  pensioners  to stop payment  to non-existent  beneficiaries.  

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