MON NOVEMBER 7 2016-Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has insisted on the immediate arrest of a top contender of opposition (APC) political party for the December 10, 2016 River State re-run election and the prosecution of a printer who allegedly printed fake results even before the election ballots were cast. The governor raised the allegation while addressing a press conference at the government house at noon on Sunday, 06 2016.
The Rivers state government had issued a statement late Saturday, (Nov 5) saying it had caught one Atonye Peters of number 12 Isiokpo Street in the D-Line area of the state capital in the act of printing huge bundles of result sheets for the said election. He said the culprit had mentioned the name of a former commissioner of agric in the state as his client. Wike also said the culprit was not a card-carrying member of the APC but worked for his main rival in the 2015 governorship election that went to the Supreme Court.
According to him, the printing press had already completed two sets for two local government areas before he said the police got wind of the act. The suspect was arrested alongside three of his staff, Richard Koko from Okrika, Nanee Godday from Khana and one Tammy Garrick. Items recovered, he said, included state-of-the-art printing machine and computers. He said the police also recovered INEC result sheets serial number booklets, which the printer allegedly used to authenticate the result sheets.
The APC denied the involvement of any of its members or leaders in the said printing whiole reacting to accusation, saying it was an operation staged by Wike and his PDP thugs.
“Again, information at our disposal indicate that PDP and Gov. Wike’s thugs are going to individual APC members‘ homes to plant incriminating materials then turn around to harass and illegally arrest and detain them with the help of (his identified agent in the police). The activities of this police officer and his associates will be properly unveiled to the public in due course,” the APC said in statement.
The police in the state is yet to issue any statement on the matter but the governor said the police boss told him he was under pressure to not only release the suspect but to not arrest the political leader mentioned in the case.