The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has challenged the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, to show evidence that he (Amaechi) was conniving with the Independent National Electoral Commission and the police to manipulate the outcome of Saturday’s rerun election in favour of the All Progressives Congress.
The former governor of the state, who spoke through his media office on Wednesday, said, “If Governor Wike and the PDP have justifiable evidence, let them present them to the general public and stop blackmailing me, INEC or the police. The allegations are immaterial, null and void. Why are Wike and the PDP making too much noise and fruitless allegations?”
Amaechi had earlier spoken with newsmen at the Port Harcourt International Airport on his arrival in the state for the Saturday rerun, urging the people of the state to disabuse their minds against comments by the PDP and Wike, which he said, were calculated to rubbish him in the eyes of right-thinking persons in order to score cheap popularity.
He called on Rivers people and other Nigerians resident in the state, including supporters and stalwarts of the APC, to turn out en masse and vote on Saturday, even as he urged them to always protect their votes at election venues.