The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has decried the destruction of key national institutions by the poor governance model of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government.
Speaking during a thanksgiving service in honour of Senator George Sekibo at the St. Thomas Anglican Church in Port Harcourt on Sunday, Wike said that due to the negative governance style of the APC, the police and Independent National Electoral Commission had metamorphosed into rigging machines threatening the peace of the country.
The governor stated that the Appeal Court judgment, which led to the loss of Rivers East Senatorial District mandate by the Peoples Democratic Party, was fallout of alleged illegal alliance between the police and INEC.
He explained that the APC tendered results certified by the police to the tribunal, which the tribunal relied on, rather than the results declared by INEC on election day.
Wike pointed out that incidentally, both the INEC and police results had the same serial numbers, which revealed the fraud perpetrated by the two institutions.
He said, “Instead of bringing change as they promised, things are getting worse. They have introduced extreme fraud in the country, especially denying the people their mandate.
“In 2019, they will not succeed. As far as we are concerned, we have no senator in Rivers East. The man going there has no capacity to represent us. All of us should be ready. We should be praying to God, but ready to fight.”
The governor said that nobody should be afraid of the police and the Army in the defence of their mandate in 2019.
“Nobody should be afraid of the police or Army because liberty comes with a price. They have nothing to campaign outside the use of security. I am ready to place myself on the line, nobody will take Rivers State,” he stressed.
Wike explained that he was at the airport to receive President Muhammadu Buhari because the President was for all Nigerians, irrespective of political party, adding that he would continue to disagree with the policies of the Federal Government, especially the faulty fight against corruption.
In his remarks, Sekibo restated his declaration that he received unflinching support from Wike and Ikwerre people all through his political struggle, maintaining that there was no Ikwerre agenda in his ouster from the Senate.
“If it was an Ikwerre agenda, it would have been displayed at the point of voting. At the tribunal, those who took away the mandate were not Ikwerre people,” he added.
Delivering his sermon, Venerable Richard Okpara urged judicial officers to use their constitutional powers for the good of the country.
He also called on the Federal Government to learn to accommodate all political interests, saying that the political space should not be overheated.
Reacting, the state APC Publicity Secretary, Mr. Chris Finebone, said the governor should not politicise the recent verdicts of the Appeal Court on the cases concerning the party.
“The verdicts handed down by the Appeal Court recently over the last rerun elections in Rivers State cannot be politicised by Governor Wike as a means of shoring up morale amongst his party members.
“The governor should spare the judiciary his needless scathing criticisms. Rivers people and Nigerians are fed up with the governor’s antics of praising the judiciary when judgements favour his interest and lampooning the judiciary when otherwise happens.
“The APC has taken notice of his subtle threat of violence come 2019. We can only remind him that 2019 won’t be 2015. Never! A word is enough for the wise, they say,” Finebone added.