PORT HARCOURT – GOVERNOR Nyesom Wike has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to declare results of the rerun elections that have so far been collated in the state.
Nyesom Wike Thr governor who spoke Tuesday when the Federated Correspondents Chapel of Nigerian Union of Journalists, in Rivers state paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Port Harcourt said it was shocking that the electoral body was still holding back several results already collated and announced at the various collation centres.
Continuing, the governor said the commission lacked powers to cancel results that have been announced at the various local government collation centres, “Does INEC have powers to cancel results that have been collated, announced at local government areas. You have no power. You know that a particular party has lost.
They came with mights. Tell INEC to release results declared. You have announced that PDP won. What are you doing with them . Nigeria of today is not Nigeria of yesterday.
People have becomed more aware.”, he said. The governor said the plan to impeach him through the state House of Assembly had failed, stressing that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, was firmly on ground in the state.
The governor said on the day of the election his opponents went about with intimidating military presence but his party relied on the people to coast to victory. . “Part of the plan was to impeach me.
Has the impeachment not died, it has died natural death. You planned to impeach me if you win all the seats in the House, what has happened now.
Has the impeachment not died. Come and impeach me na. They plan they dont know what God plans.”, he said., He further described as laughable call by the APC for outright cancellation of the rerun elections. “APC is saying no proper training of adhoc staff. You can see father and son quarrelling. Imagine APC saying that they did not train their adhoc staff well. You may be laughing but it is a serious matter.
I went about with 8 police. The DG NIMASA ,the former governor went about with over 100 soldiers. You will come to your father’s house, you stay in a hotel.
In your state you stay in a hotel yet in Abuja you live in your house” Wike said his party had raised alarm over the list of adhoc staff drawn for the election that they were mainly APC members but they were ignored.
He said it was shocking now that the APC was saying that they should cancel the elections because the adhoc staff were not properly trained for the election. “You were here, we were shouting that a particular party was recruiting its members as adhoc staff, you did not report it. We even wrote to INEC, attached the names.
Any where PDP is winning, collation officers ran away so that collation dont take place.”, he said. “Have you ever witnessed the level of soldiers they had here in any election.
Look at APC saying inadequate security. One man was carrying over 20 soldiers, the Chairman of APC was going about with 20 soldiers.”, he said. On matters of insecurity, governor Wike said the politicization of heads of the various security bodies in the state was largely responsible.
According to the governor, the frequent change of heads of these security bodies on the flimsy excuse that they were not giving him heat was having its effect on the system “Are you not the one causing insecurity in the state by your actions, you change Commissioner of Police, Director of DSS frequently because you think they are not doing what they should do.
A Commissioner of Police is planning and the next thing he is removed for fear that he is close to the governor, or not doing what he should do. Who is the person causing this insecurity.
Those causing this insecurity know themselves. God who brought us here will make us solve the man made problems. If you are changing heads of security like that it must have effect on the entire system” he said.
He further enjoined the media to report happenings in the state accurately, stressing that stories of killings in the media on the state were exaggerated. ” I did not say you should report what will favour me, report what you are sure of,”, he said. Meantime, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, cancelled a press briefing it had slated for 9am yesterday. No reason was given.
The result released at the PHALGA collation centre in the early hours of Tuesday is as below:
PHALGA Federal Constituency 2 PDP Bar Blessing Nsiegbe 6, 968 APC, Collins Owonda 3, 154 Returning Officer , Dr Doris Chukwu PHALGA state constituency 2 PDP Hon Tonye Smart Adoki 15, 240 APC Irine Inimgba , 2, 844 The Returning Officer , Samuel Kinikanwo PHALGA constituency 1 PDP Kenneth Chikere 18, 904 APC Igochukwu Aguma 6, 035 LP Reggie Inimgba Ann 39 APGA 340 SDP 128 NNP Okorgbule Indusis 12 Returning officer Iyang Ndarake Iya