The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said that the audio clip being aired in the social media which implicated him in bribing election officials, was sponsored by the APC and produced to divert public attention from the massive electoral fraud by INEC, Police and Military killings that marred the rerun elections.
Addressing journalists in Port Harcourt, Wike said the audio clip was fabricated using audio software, pointing out that he never spoke with any electoral officer or anyone for that matter, either in person or over the phone seeking to influence the elections.
He said: “When you look at certain things, you just laugh. At no time did I speak to any electoral officer, let alone issue threats to any electoral officer.
“There is nowhere I spoke to an electoral officer, threatening him or her as the case maybe. I never spoke with anybody, I never threatened anybody. Nobody can say that he sat with me or that I threatened him or her. Let any electoral officer come forward to say that Ì called him or her on phone.
“I never spoke to anybody. It is totally not correct. The major issue is: did the police participate in rigging election? Did the army participate in rigging election? Did INEC compromise? The police is denying somebody that was captured on video. That is what they are trying to cover up.
“Face the reality and stop chasing shadows. Let them show me. What is audio clip? What can’t this government do? I don’t have an orderly, I don’t have a Chief Security Officer, I don’t have a camp Commandant. All were taken away before the election.
The governor stated that rather than bringing the SARS Commander, Mr. Akin Fakorede to justice for his criminal activities captured on video during the rerun elections, the police authorities have arrested the policemen who accompanied him (Wike) to stop Akin Fakorede from swapping Rivers East Senatorial District results sheet.
“They have now arrested and detained the policemen who accompanied me to the collation centre to stop that criminal. Even Akin Fakorede who was caught on video, has been released so that police can bungle it.
“What kind of country is this? And you are telling me that they are circulating a contrived audio clip. You caught a man on camera committing crime, but you have swept it under the carpet.”
Meanwhile, members and supporters of the APC in Rivers State yesterday staged a peaceful protest to the INEC and the Rivers State Police headquarters, demanding for removal of the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Elder Aniedi Ikoiwak, on allegations that he was compromised during the rerun election.
The protesters, who dropped letters for the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and INEC National Chairman, Professor Yakubu Mahmood, also opposed the demand by Governor Nyesom Wike for the transfer of the Assistant Commissioner of Police in-charge of Operations, Stephen Hasso and the Commander of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Akin Fakorede, out of the state.
They also dropped a copy of an audio recording where Wike allegedly threatened to deal with officials of the INEC that refuses to work for him during the December 10, 2016 legislative rerun election in the state.
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