Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has asked his good friend the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike to stop wasting his time sending emissaries to President Muhamadu Buhari in order to prevail on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to announce him re-elected.
Eze also said his efforts joining the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the end of March, 2019 will not save him from leaving office as the people of Rivers State have spoken and their votes will count this time around no matter the odds.
Eze also commended the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, for recognising the immense role played by the Nigerian Army to ensure a peaceful election process in the South-South during the Governorship and House of Assembly elections last Saturday.
He noted that the courage exhibited by Prof. Yakubu when he apologized to the Nigerian Air Force over the wrong allegation against it has shown that the presence of the armed forces had prevented a repeat of the 2015 experience when Rivers people were killed in tens just for Chief Nyesom Wike to be forcefully made Governor.
According to Eze, the presence of the armed forces, especially the Nigerian Army, has prevented a bloodbath, which the State Governor and Governorship candidate of the PDP, Chief Nyesom Wike, had orchestrated to unleash on the entire state and most especially on the opposition, through the hitherto proscribed Neighborhood Watch, which has been tagged his private army.
Eze said except for a few cases where Wike had personally mobilised his Neighborhood Watch to cause mayhem in a couple of places, the Rivers election has remained mostly peaceful and lives were preserved by the presence of the armed forces.
“Surprisingly instead of commending the Army for securing the lives of those that would have been wasted by the desperation of Governor Wike, he is rather sponsoring propaganda against the Army, who if not for their actions, Rivers State would have been declared a theatre of war as aptly characterised by the Supreme Court while studying the 2015 elections in the State and considering how hundreds of lives were lost to install Chief Wike as Rivers State Governor.
“I am happy that INEC is coming to terms with the desperation of Wike to use all means to sustain himself in office; through the declaration of war against the Nigerian Army and resulting in the army losing some of its officers and men, while some others are currently hospitalised.
“Keeping such a character in office for any reason is to demonstrate hatred and disdain for the peace and progress of Rivers state and her people and we will never accept such a plot against a State that have made their choice.
“It is good that the Independent National Electoral Commission has apologized to the Nigerian Air Force for wrongfully accusing it of using its personnel to invade its premises in the state and disrupt the collation of results in the protracted governorship and House of Assembly polls.
“The Army is totally innocent of the concocted lies being manufactured on daily basis just to discredit an institution that means well for the State.
“Wike whose idea of running a government is through propaganda and use of force should accept the fact that his idea of governance is no longer acceptable to Rivers State and her people.
“He should accept his defeat in good faith and congratulate the incoming Governor, Engr. Biokpomabo Awara, accordingly to sustain the peace in Rivers as the strategy of wasting public money to make futile effort to sponsor the traditional leaders to speak against an election adjudged as most peaceful in the state doesn’t do any good to his battered image”, Eze said.
Eze revealed that Wike had mobilised the Secretary of Rivers State Pilgrims Board and the Resident Priest of his chapel at his house on Ada George Road, Ven. Richard Okpara, to mobilize Bishops and Priests to condemn the military, like the attempt to force traditional rulers to make statement against the army.
“He, however, counselled church leaders to understand that God is always ready to pass judgment on those who profess falsehoods in his name.
He noted that it was unfortunate that Governor Wike knowing that he has been massively voted out has resorted to endanger the lives of Rivers State youths by sponsoring them to protest before the INEC National Head office at Abuja to sway INEC to announce his fake results that doesn’t tally with what is obtainable in the State.