It was meant to be a little ceremony to mark the beginning of the rehabilitation of a hospital. But for Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, it was an opportunity to drop a bombshell.
Security agencies are planning to assassinate him, he told a shocked crowd that gathered at the General Hospital , Terabor and General Hospital, Bodo in Gokana Local Government Area.
Wike also accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of publishing a list of adhoc staff filled with members of the All Progressives Congress (APC). December 1o has been fixed for some election in the state.
Wike said: “For me, they are threatening that I will be the first governor they will assassinate. They are threatening that they will show me that they are security agencies. But, I will always protect the interest of Rivers State , no matter the threat.
“Nobody should intimidate you with security agents. Beginning today, resist any arrest. You must move around in groups to promote resistance of the robbers of mandate.” Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Nnamdi Omoni, said the police were not aware of any plot to kill the governor.
He said it was unfortunate that INEC and security agencies were disregarding the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari that they should be impartial and deliver free and fair elections.
The governor said: “INEC has released a fake list of adhoc staff for the rerun elections before the conclusion of their mandatory training . Majority of those on the list are known APC ward chairmen and ward secretaries who are mainly unemployed , but listed by INEC as staff of the University of Port Harcourt .
“They think that my love for peace is a sign of weakness, but I want to declare that enough is enough. We are supposed to be under an era of change , but the love for fraud by INEC and police is unprecedented.”
The governor added: “Anyone whose son or daughter is on that fraudulent INEC list should tell him/her to stay away on election day.
“All these desperate actions are geared towards the plot to rig in favour of a particular candidate , but that candidate will not win. The people of Rivers South-East Senatorial District must be allowed to vote persons of their choice.”
On the rehabilitation of the Hospital , Terabor and General Hospital , Bodo, Wike said it will be completed and equipped in a record time. He added that the Kpopie-Bodo road is nearing completion and the dualization of Sakpenwa-Bori road is progressing according to schedule .
Wike urged Ogoni people to vote for the PDP, pointing out that for eight years , APC failed to execute well meaning projects in Ogoni land.
Responding yesterday, APC State Publicity Secretary Chris Finebone said his party could not comprehend what the governor is talking about.
Finebone said: “Definitely, APC candidates are busy campaigning for the rerun election while governor Wike is busy with his circus show. We wish him luck.
“Rivers people are tired of Wike’s allegations. Soon we will not join issue with him because he is no longer making sense.”