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Rivers government on Tuesday denied that Gov. Nyesom Wike allegedly spent N111million to bribe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) staff during the Dec. 10 re-run legislative election.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the panel constituted to investigate the electoral and other offences perpetrated during the re-run election alleged that it recovered N111 million from 23 INEC officials.

The Chairman of the panel, Mr Damian Okoro, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, made the allegation while presenting the team’s report to the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, in Abuja on Tuesday.

He alleged that three senior electoral officers collected N20 million each out of the N360 million given to them by Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers, while the remaining officers received N15 million each.

Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers Governor on Electronic Media, said the allegation was false and politically motivated.

Nwakaudu said in a statement in Port Harcourt that the police allegation was aimed at diverting attention from the real issues about the election.

“ The statement (by the police) is patently false, politically motivated and cooked by the police to justify the violence they visited in the people of Rivers state during the re-run” he said.

According to him, Gov.Wike did not spend N360 million to rig the re-run election.

“ For the avoidance of doubt, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike did not spend N360 million to rig the re-run legislative elections of December 10, 2016.

“The people of Rivers State overwhelmingly voted the PDP across the state because of the outstanding performance of Governor Wike since May 29, 2015, Nwakaudu said. (NAN)

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  1. How did Rivers state get here ? A state where everybody wants to visit has turned to a no go state because of the bad leadership style of wicked wike.
    People of rivers state grow up, please. Every other state of the federation has long forgotten that election took place in their states and have since commenced governance ie developing their states while rivers state is still leaking it's wound of repeated or so called re-run elections. You guys are just going back in terms of development. Very soon Zamfara that has nothing in comparism to rivers state will be more develop than rivers state.

  2. Rivers-, a failed state, just like Delta, whose future is very bleak. Just imagine what d world would say, seeing that d looted are celebrating their oppressor Ibori and he was even acknowledging d cheers. What a shame Niger Delta

  3. It's just a pity dt we r blinded by all ds political gimmick ... Have we forgotten dt Rivers state Treasury was d ATM machine of d incumbent APC administration...Fighting corruption in Naija is as good as dead...Because both d fighter n fighter(lol) are all bags of corruption... Nonsense

    1. Guy, you are simply biased. Do not change the subject matter. So because Rivers State used to be the ATM of APC, so it has to continue. What is bad is bad, and we have to acknowledge that. We all hate APC, but Wike cannot continue this way. He has virtually not done anything in Rivers State. We are all blaming Buhari calling him names and yet Wike is not different. Please let those who are close to him call to order.

    2. Anonymous 8.00am do you live in Rivers State? How can you say Wike has not done anything in Rivers State? Go there and see for yourself rather than just running your mouth when you have no facts.


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