Former governor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi has swiftly reacted to the threat handed down to supporters of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by Governor Nyesom Wike who urged them to physically assault Amaechi.
“Stop Amaechi by all means if you see him moving from one polling booth to the other on election day, besides his own in Ubima,” Wike told PDP supporters.
In response to Wike’s outburst, Amaechi who said he originally planned to monitor the election from his hotel room, stated that, he would not only monitor the election but will also visit Wike’s ward.
“But I hear Wike has threatened my life, that if his thugs see me on election day they should harass me. From my hotel room, I will move to his ward because of this threat, I will move to his ward so that his thugs will kill me as he directed. Wike is just threatening everybody. He threatens INEC, ad hoc staff, university lecturers and now he is threatening me. I will move to his ward, let him kill me,” Amaechi said
Wike had directed the Caretaker Committee Chairman of Ikwerre local Government to physically assault the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, if he sees him move outside of his polling unit.
Wike has also accused Amaechi and INEC National Commissioner, Mrs Amina Zakari of planning to swap authentic results from polling units with fake results on March 19, 2016.
Also, Wike declared that any attempt by Amaechi to move around polling booths on election will be vehemently resisted by the people who will publicly disgrace Amaechi for violating the electoral guidelines.
Speaking during the grand finale of the Rivers East Senatorial District Campaign Rally of PDP at Elele in Ikwerre LGA, Governor Wike said: “All those who plan to swap result sheets, may their souls rest in peace. Nobody will rig in Rivers State.
“Anybody who thinks Amaechi will give them result sheets to swap, should be ready to swap their dead bodies. I have told the REC, you were here before, you can’t play games with me”.
The governor said it is his responsibility to take steps to stop politicians from plotting to rig elections in the state with the connivance of INEC National Commissioner, Mrs Amina Zakari.
He stated that the University of Port Harcourt, Vice Chancellor was compelled by Amaechi and APC leadership to draw up a list of INEC ad hoc staff dominated by former APC caretaker committee chairmen and APC members to organise the rerun elections. He announced the names of the APC leaders on the list of ad hoc staff.
He noted that he had written a formal letter with proof and details to INEC national chairman, complaining of the issue.
The governor said that President Muhammadu Buhari should not allow Amaechi cause crisis in the state because of his personal interest.
In his remarks, national chairman of the PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff stated that Rivers state is a PDP state where the people are satisfied with the performance of the governor.
Deputy national chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus described Amaechi as a confirmed thief who stole Rivers monies which he used to finance APC national campaigns.
Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah alleged that the former governor, Rotimi Amaechi is the chief sponsor of cultism in the state.
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