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State of Emergency will not work in Rivers – Wike

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Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, on Sunday said some people were creating problems in Rivers to make the federal government declare a state of emergency in the state, but said such ploy would not work. He also said it would be difficult to rig the senatorial rerun election in the state because the PDP was more popular in the state and his people are on his side.

Speaking at a press conference in Port Harcourt, Wike said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would win Saturday’s re-run legislative election because when elections were annulled in December, the party commenced preparations for fresh poll.

He said the election has shown clearly who is on ground and who is accepted by the people, saying INEC, federal might, military, police and other security agencies cannot translate to electoral victories because the people will “always resist agents of rigging”.

“Remember I warned that today’s Nigeria is not yesterday’s Nigeria. Things that were done wrongly before cannot be done wrongly now. I warned that the people will resist any attempt to rig,” he said.

He also accused Dakuku Peterside, director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) of hijacking results from Isiokpo in Ikwere local government area on Sunday.

Wike alleged that Peterside’s security details opened fire and killed one of the aides to Emeka Woke, his chief of staff.

He also accused the military of working against public interest, saying rather than tackling security challenges they were busy “intimidating and harassing Rivers people”.

“Now they have the federal might, army, Police, INEC and DSS, but we have the people.”

He also confirmed the arrest of Kenneth Kobani, secretary to the state government, and Cyril Wite, his senior special Assistant on Special projects, saying they were arrested by the army while they were ensuring that election materials were moved to polling units.

He urged the media to avoid sentiments while reporting events in the state in order not to create wrong impression.

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