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River State Governor, Nyesom Wike has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi of making efforts to rig the 2019 governorship election in Rivers State.
Governor Wike made the allegation on Wednesday while speaking during the flag-off ceremony of the construction of internal roads in Igwuruta, Ikwerre local government area of the state.
He said the president through the former minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi had used the security agencies to attempt to scuttle the governorship election.
The governor said the people of the state stood against the action of the security agencies.
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He said ‘I heard Mr president said yesterday that he will not interfere (in the 2023 election ). He told the governors he will not interfere.
‘In the other one (2019) you interfered by sending people to come and finish us in Rivers State.
‘Thank you Mr President for saying you will not interfere or intimidate anybody. Which means there’s no way for your party.
‘Of course he interfered last time by using the army through the former minister of Transportation but the people stood up and said no this will not happen.
‘I thank Mr president that he wants to leave a legacy of conducting a free and fair election’
Wike had earlier taken a swipe at a yet-to-be-named rapist and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state who reportedly attended the return to PDP party of Senator Ibrahim Shekarau in Kano State.
Africa Daily News, New York recalls that Shekarau who dumped the New Nigeria Peoples Party a few days ago, was earlier on Monday received back in the PDP by presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Speaking on Tuesday in Port Harcourt, the state capital, Wike who has been in war of words with the PDP candidate over the outcome of the party’s primary and the selection of Atiku’s running mate, said a rapist from Rivers was seated at the Kano event.