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Rerun: RSG Invites Foreign Monitors …Says Adequate Focus’ll Check Fraud, Violence …Alerts On Plans To Produce Illegal Results (The Tide)

The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has called on the international community to take serious interest in the plot by the police to start the indiscriminate arrest of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters few days to the December 10 rerun elections.

The governor declared that through the state’s established intelligence channel, he was in possession of the list of PDP supporters earmarked for arrest by the police before the rerun elections.

He spoke on Wednesday during the flag-off of the Chokocho-Umuechem-Ozuzu Road in Etche Local Government Area.

He said: “They have written the names of those they want to arrest. In Khana Local Government Area alone, they have earmarked 103 persons for arrest.

“You didn’t arrest them before now, but you want to arrest them at this point because election is approaching”.

The governor called on the people of the state to resist any such politically motivated arrests, pointing out that such actions aimed at promoting the interest of an unpopular All Progressives Congress (APC) will not be tolerated.

He said: “Now that it is obvious that the APC cannot win, they should forget about these rerun elections and wait for another time. There is no need creating crisis when the APC is unpopular in Rivers State”.

Wike noted that it is the fraudulent plots of the APC in liaison with the police and INEC that generates tension, which could lead to violence.

“We want free and fair elections .They should allow our people to choose their leaders in peace because nobody will be allowed to rig elections here”, he said.

On the Chokocho-Umuechem-Ozuzu Road, Wike said that the state government was committed to improving the economic fortunes of the Etche people.

He said that the road contract was previously awarded to Hon Ogbonna Nwuke, an APC chieftain who pocketed the money and abandoned the work.

He said: “This is a day of reckoning. This is a time to punish Nwuke, who collected the money for the Chokocho-Umuechem-Ozuzu Road, refused to execute the project, but is now seeking the mandate of the Etche people”.

Wike called on Etche people to vote PDP candidates in the rerun elections as that will help in consolidating the development of the state.

In his address, the Commissioner for Works, Mr Bathuel Iheanyichukwu said that the Chokocho-Umuechem-Ozuzu Road was 18.5 kilometres in length, adding that the road will revive the comatose economy from the area

 Meanwhile, the Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dr. Austin Tam-George, has alerted the nation and the international community of plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to write the results of the forthcoming elections set for 10th December, 2016.

The commissioner accused the Minister for Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and other leaders of the Rivers State branch of the APC of being the masterminds “behind the industrial scale electoral fraud”.

Tam-George revealed that after stalwarts of the APC were apprehended for the illegal printing of result sheets two weeks ago by the Rivers State Police Command; the syndicate has moved its operations to Owerri, Imo State, to avoid detection.

The commissioner said that the Rivers State APC took delivery of 60 brand new Toyota Hilux vans on Monday, 28th November, 2016.

These vehicles, according to the commissioner, would be used by the APC to convey the forged result sheets and other electoral materials to different parts of the state, such as Ogoni, Ikwerre, Isaka in Okrika local government area, among others.

He alleged that the APC was working in close coordination with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This post was first published on the Thetidenewsonline.com

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