From Chris Anucha, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has taken Governor Nyesom Wike to task of over his alleged plot to rig the pending rerun election.
The APC in a statement by the state Publicity Secretary, Mr. Chris Finebone, described the allegation as distraction and diversionary antics.
APC said it was not surprised that the governor could levy such allegation.
“We were not surprised because, such tales coming from the governor fit perfectly well into his usual pastime of trading on unfounded accusations, just to prepare the ground for launching electoral mischief.
“If indeed, the governor is serious about his discovery and he was referring to the APC, when he made reference to the opposition, then, we challenge him to make public his findings. The APC believes that it is mere smokescreen by the governor to divert attention from his readiness to deploy from his unholy book of electoral mischief and the APC is ready for him,” the statement said.
The party, however called on the Independent Electoral Commision (INEC) to ensure that every aspect of the forthcoming rerun elections in Rivers State was transparent and credible.
When members of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) in the state paid him a solidarity visit at the Government House, Wike had accused INEC of plotting to rig the forthcoming legislative rerun elections slated for October, in favour of the APC.
He claimed to be in possession of the blueprint, designed by the INEC, with a view to rigging the October legislative rerun elections. “If you see the blueprint with which the INEC wants to rig the elections, you will be shocked,” he said.
He added: “However, we will not make the blueprint public as they will quickly produce another blueprint. We will continue to monitor them.”
He said it was unfortunate that there was an attempt to burn down Rivers State just because the powers that be want to compensate the sponsor of the party.