Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared that the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the amended Electoral Act is part of the plot to rig the 2019 elections.
He said this in an interview with newsmen at the Rivers Government House, Port Harcourt.
Wike, however, urged International Community to take proactive action against officials of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government for flouting the rule of law.
The Governor stated that the alleged plot by the APC-led Federal Government was basically to write results against the wishes of Nigerians.
But Governor Wike was confident that the APC and the security agencies will not succeed in rigging the elections in Rivers State.
He claimed that intelligence at the disposal of the Rivers State Government indicated that SARS Commander, Akin Fakorede and Deputy Commissioner of Police, Stephen Hasso featured prominently in the rigging plot of the APC Federal Government in the state.
He said: “They are planning for Rivers State as I speak. Let me tell you. They are promoting my Commissioner of Police to Assistant Inspector General of Police, they are promoting the Deputy Commissioner of Police who was just made a Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operation) to be Acting Commissioner of Police and the SARS man who took Rivers State Government to Court, who has perpetrated rigging of election even by INEC report, they are going to make him the man in charge of Operations just for the purpose of 2019 elections.
“Akin Fakorede, to be made the Head of Operations of the State Police Command, then Stephen Hasso who is the Deputy Commissioner of Police will be made the Acting Commissioner of Police and the current Commissioner of Police will be appointed Assistant Inspector General of Police for the purpose of 2019 election and they think that we don’t know.”
“If it were where things are done rightly, they should revoke all the visas of those in Government who are opposed to democratic rule, principles, rule of law. Let me tell you whether you like it or not, this government is bent on eliminating the key opposition.
“Look at the Bye election in Port Harcourt Constituency three comprising eight wards, 142 polling units within the same area. It is a ring road like this; it will not take you thirty minutes to cover them. The Commissioner of Police as I speak to you since after the election has not seen me to explain to me why all the atrocities were perpetrated, snatching electoral materials, and beating INEC officials.
“I am not happy with INEC for one reason, Yes I am happy with them for one way that they stood up but then, this is the same Police, the same SARS that you indicted in the 2016/2017 re-run election and what has happened?”