The crisis in Rivers State looks to be an unending one as Governor Nyesom Wike has boldly accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of shooting voters and causing unrest in the ‘peaceful state.’
According to report, Wike allegedly made this accusation at the commission’s stakeholders’ meeting in Port Harcourt where they ironed out issues from the governorship and House of Assembly elections of March 9 in the state.
Wike said: “I do not agree that Rivers is a violent state. Rivers State has never and it will not be a violent State. Why are they raising too much alarm? What causes violence? Why is there violence each time there is election? The only way to have peaceful elections is when the security agencies refuse to interfere or manipulate any process.
“How did people die? When INEC would go and collate results and people would resist and when people resist, they will shoot them. Rivers is not a violent state. It is most unfortunate that people would leave their state, come to another state, instead of them to make sure what obtains in their state obtains here, they do not want it, they want to cause problems for us.
“With all due respect, the Garrison Commander (Brig.-Gen. Adeola Kalejaiye) is here. Throughout my political career, of not less than thirty years, I have never experienced the type of roles the army played. We must tell people the simple truth.