Aftermath of the suspended by-election into Port Harcourt 3 constituency seat in the Rivers State House of Assembly, governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has stated that the consistency with which the Nigeria Police sabotages the electoral process in Rivers State amounts to a declaration of war on the people.
This is as the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, has accused the chief security officer (CSO) of the state and governor of of Rivers State of leading policemen attached to Government House, Port Harcourt, to disrupt the by-election.
Also, supporters of the APC are keeping vigil at the state office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), located along Aba Road, Port Harcourt, following the suspension of the by-election.
The INEC had on Saturday night announced the suspension of the by-election following widespread violence that greeted the exercise.
Wike, who spoke in a statewide broadcast yesterday, charged Rivers people not to succumb to the antics of the police, lest they become slaves in their fatherland.
The governor said, “The consistent sabotage of the electoral process by the police amounts to a declaration of war against the people of Rivers State and their solemn rights to freely and fairly choose their leaders and representatives.
“Clearly there are dangerous times ahead but we must not give in to intimidation lest we lose our liberties and become slaves in our own land. Against the backdrop it is up to the people of Rivers State to choose the option that will serve their interest.”
He stated that despite assurances from the Rivers State commissioner of Police during the last State Security Council meeting that the police will remain neutral and act professionally, the police allegedly joined forces with APC thugs to disrupt elections.
Wike said, “As we had feared, the police failed us completely once again and negated all that they promised. Instead of providing security for voters and INEC officials the police brazenly colluded with political thugs of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to subvert the democratic process and denied the people of Port Harcourt Constituency III their rights to free, fair and credible elections.”