Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Thursday accused the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, of plotting to bomb INEC offices, destroy voting materials at registration area centres and disrupt the peaceful conduct of the Saturday elections in the state.
Wike explained that Amaechi was purportedly in liaison with some military and police officers, planning to allegedly carry out the attack on INEC offices.
The governor also declared Friday, February 15, 2019 as public holiday for Rivers people to pray for God’s intervention in ensuring that the elections were peaceful.
In a state broadcast on Thursday ahead of the general elections, Wike said credible intelligence revealed the plot of the minister.
The governor said, “Credible intelligence has linked Rotimi Amaechi and his cohorts in the factionalised APC with plans to prevent the peaceful conduct of the general elections in Rivers State with the support of some unpatriotic military and police officers.”
In his reaction, Amaechi said he had never hired militants or thugs for any reason since he joined politics 33 years ago, challenging any politician to show evidence that he had ever been involved in hiring thugs to cause destruction.
Describing Wike’s allegations as false, he said, “I joined politics 33 years ago, let one politician either at the national or state level say he attended a meeting with Amaechi where I discussed about hiring thugs.”
The minister, however, alleged that the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu, was interested in ensuring that Wike got a second term in office as governor of Rivers State. (Punch)