The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has said its position on the December 10, 2016 legislative rerun election in the state, has been vindicated by the report of the joint police panel that investigated the violence that occurred during the rerun election.
The APC, in a statement issued in Port Harcourt yesterday by its publicity secretary, Chris Finebone, said it welcomed the report of the panel, which alleged uncovered the bribing of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the Rivers State
government to the tube of N360 million.
The statement reads in part, “The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), welcomes the Inspector-General of Police panel investigation report which uncovered the bribing of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials by the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike to the tune of N360m of which the sum of N110m has been physically recovered from the INEC officials by the
“We feel a sense of vindication over repeated alarm we sounded before,during after the general and rerun elections of 2015 and 2016 that Governor Nyesom Wike bribes electoral officials before and during every election in Rivers State.
“Indeed, the IGP Panel report goes further to confirm that the audio bribery clips published by Saharareproters in which the voice of Gov. Wike was directing the deployment of bribe money to INEC officials is real and authentic despite the barefaced denials by the governor.
“The APC believes that the spins and reverse spins the PDP is trying to put to a clear case of criminal act they committed with overwhelming evidence is the usual antics of roadside pickpockets when
they are caught in the act. Even more laughable is the attempt to
disown the exhibit claiming that it belongs to the APC.
“Where on earth could the APC in Rivers State have found that kind of money if not the governor who withdrew N2 billion belonging to River’s taxpayers just before the rerun election from which N260m was paid out to electoral officials as bribe money?
“It is obvious that the old-fashioned antics of the governor and the PDP are simply not flying; a thousand press conferences cannot help because lies are known to have expiry date. Gov Wike and the PDP must show uncommon bravery by accepting the fate which awaits anyone who dares in the wrong direction of the law.
“The APC would like Governor Nyesom Wike and the PDP to tell the world
whether they did not bribe INEC officials as alleged and discovered by
the IGP Panel. They should also tell the people whether INEC officials
who are alleged to have collected the bribe money did not actually
confess to the crime.
“Does the proof of bribery provided by the police as evidence that
Gov. Wike gave bribe to electoral officials not authenticate the act
to the extent that those who made the refunds are alive?
“Whereas the APC is wary of wasting ample time in meaningless
exchanges with a morally deficient PDP on the matter, we call on the
Inspector-General of Police to effect immediate action on the report
by prosecuting those found culpable.
“We know that Governor Wike’s immunity protects him from prosecution
for now but it does not protect him from investigation as have been
done. Let others that have been indicted be prosecuted according to
law without any delay. When Governor Wike’s immunity expires in 2019,
he must be made to face the full consequences of his action in line
with the laws of the land.”