RIVERS State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has accused the Police High Command of plotting to sweep the alleged printing of fake result sheets by the All Progressives Congress (APC) under the carpet with the takeover of the matter by the Police Zone 6, Calabar.
Giving an update on the allegation at the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Wednesday, Wike, in a statement made available to newsmen by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, said the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Zone 6 had asked the Rivers State Police Command to transfer the case and suspects to Calabar.
He said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should handle the matter diligently, as its credibility was at stake.
“The interest of the police is to ensure that all those indicted in this plot to rig the rerun elections are not prosecuted. INEC must realise that this has to do with its credibility. It is not enough to simply deny; they must take steps to ensure that they clear themselves.
“The question of how the printers got the serial numbers and the code numbers of the units used for the results sheets and sensitive materials must be answered by INEC,” the governor said.
“During the rerun tribunal sitting, the Rivers APC tendered results that were different from those declared by INEC after the March 19 elections. But the Court of Appeal and the tribunal were not deceived by the antics of the Rivers APC and INEC. These were the same people who said no election took place, yet they had separate result sheets, which they tendered in court,” Wike alleged.
The governor called on the police and INEC to listen to President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that the elections in Ondo and Rivers states must be peaceful and credible, reiterating the position of the people of Rivers State that those plotting to rig the re-run elections would be resisted.