Photos of some Nigerians who allegedly participated in the purported rigging of the Rivers-Rerun election have been uploaded and their identities unveiled.
An investigation by Saharareporters has unmasked the identities of collaborators who played roles in leaked intercepted telephone calls that revealed Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State discussing the rigging of recent legislative elections in the state by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who had collected bribes from him.
An investigation showed that the first person to come on the telephone call to Governor Wike was Dumnamene Dekor, a former Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly. During the rerun election that took place two Saturdays ago, Mr. Dekor ran as the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to represent Khana/Gokhana Federal constituency in the House of Representatives. However, he lost to a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In the intercepted telephone call, Governor Wike addresses Mr. Dekor as â€œDum Dekor.â€ The former Deputy Speaker was the one heard in the telephone conversation talking about moving INEC materials to a â€œRack Center.â€ He, however, complained about intimidation by security agencies, a complaint that so infuriated Governor Wike that he threatened to kill the INEC officers he had bribed to facilitate rigging in the election.
An investigator of the online news platform also found out that the only female voice in the telephone conversation was Betty Apiafi, a PDP member of the House of Representatives representing Abua-Odua/Ahoada East Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. Ms. Apiafi could be heard complaining about the lack of funding to bribe more INEC officers and youths to do Governor Wikeâ€™s bidding.
A source in Rivers State disclosed that Ms. Apiafi was handed the task of offering a N5 million bribe to each electoral officer. In the leaked conversation with the governor, she complained that she had run out of money.
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