... Alleges Collaboration With APC To Subvert Process
…Tells Buhari To Ignore Letter
The Rivers State Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has called on President Muhammed Buhari to disregard calls to interfere in the Governorship Election Collation process as it is capable of subverting the will of the people.
According to the group, some hitherto respected elders of the State who have been compromised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) had written to the President to transfer the INEC officials that conducted the elections in Rivers State.
The IPAC which stated this in a press statement issued in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, said the call was initiated by some compromised pro-APC elders who are playing the stooge for former Rivers Governor and now Transportation Minister, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
In the statement which was read by its Chairman in the State, Sir Precious Baridoo, IPAC named the pro-APC elders as former Governor Rufus Ada-George, Ambassador CD Orike, Alabo Graham-Douglas, Professor DMJ Fubara and Rtd. Group Captain Ben-Kalio.
“Indeed, it is embarrassing that the pro-APC elders and lackeys of the Minister of Transportation are threatening violence on the State. How could these elders place partisan and monetary considerations above the interest of the State? At this age in their lives, they should be conscientious enough to repudiate the ignoble schemes, treachery and shenanigans of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi”, IPAC said.
The group said they viewed the letter to the President as devilish, wicked and an affront to the good people of the State who overwhelmingly voted for Governor Nyesom Wike of the PDP on March 9, 2019, saying it is unfortunate that the once respected elders allowed themselves to be used by Amaechi who they said, is bent on imposing his stooge on Rivers State as Governor.
“As elders and stakeholders, we expected these Pro-APC elements to drop their political affiliations and face the reality of the time. We expected them to embrace the choice of Rivers people, rather than dance to the satanic tunes of the Minister of Transportation.
“These Pro-APC Elders sponsored by the Minister of Transportation cannot claim ignorance of the negative roles played by the Nigerian Army as they attempted to subvert the will of Rivers people during the Governorship and State Assembly elections.
“As acknowledged by the INEC's Fact-Finding Committee, the general elections took place in majority of the polling units of Rivers State. Collation of results and declarations has already been made in majority of the State Constituencies and the PDP won in all these areas.
“This was in spite of the failed attempt of the AAC/APC alliance to use the army and F-SARS to subvert the will of Rivers people. It was a horrible and disgraceful sight to see Nigerian Army personnel captured on video at different Local Government Collation Centres, including Ogo/Bolo, Okrika, Port Harcourt, Khana, Eleme and Akuku-Toru marauding and attempting to snatchcollated results. The most despicable of which, was the invasion of the State Governorship Collation Centre by the Army on March 10, 2019, which was broadcast on National Television to the entire world
“Instead of condemning the unnecessary militarization in a democracy and the manifest use of violence by the army in the State during the elections in our dear State, the Pro-APC Elders chose to exhibit selective amnesia.
“This last minute desperate correspondence by the Pro-APC Elders contracted by the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is simply another vain attempt at subverting the conclusion of the Collation Process.
“Apart from the signatories, the content of the ignoble letter is similar to that of the March 19, 2019 Press Release by the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army. The International Community and INEC have since indicted soldiers for their illegal roles in attempting to subvert the will of Rivers people. Therefore, the lies contained in the Elders' letter to Mr. President should be taken for what it is: politically motivated cooked-up bunkum unworthy of the paper it is written.
“We call on Mr. President to disregard the calls by these Pro-APC Elders to transfer the INEC officials that conducted the elections in Rivers State. This was the same call made by the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi after he lost his polling unit at Ubima. It was the same request made by the sacked leadership of Rivers APC and their AAC allies. But they pretend to know that the election in Rivers State is a process, which cannot be truncated without right lies and frivolous allegations by misguided and partisan Elders.
IPAC Rivers State further calls on the President not to take any step that will jeopardize the Collation and Declaration of Governorship Election Results in Rivers State. We have confidence in the INEC Rivers State and they should be allowed to complete the process.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Governorship and State Assembly elections in Rivers State have been concluded as announced by INEC in its Press Release. It is obvious from results in all the polling units that Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has been re-elected. We are only waiting for the formal Collation and Declaration of the results as required by law.
“Consequently, the arm-twisting ploy of these Elders hired by the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi will not work. The will of Rivers people will prevail. The AAC/APC/Army conspiracy is aware of this fact, hence the last minute desperation.
“We welcome the widely reported decision of Mr. President not to interfere with the electioneering process in any of the states where Governorship Elections is yet to be concluded. We urge the President to stick to his words and ignore these Elders who have become paid agents of the desperate Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.
“Rivers people have voted for their Governor and they have voted for their State Lawmakers. A few misguided old men acting on behalf of an anti-Rivers Minister cannot subvert the will of Rivers people.