Governor Nyesom Wike of rivers state, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of plotting to rig the senate and state assembly rerun elections tentatively scheduled for October.
Speaking at the commencement of the Bonny Jetty reconstruction project at the Bille/Bonny/Nembe Waterfront in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said those planning to “transplant the Edo rigging model” will be disappointed.
He said the people of Rivers would resist any attempt to steal their mandate.
“The plan of INEC and its cohorts to transplant the Edo state rigging model in Rivers state will fail, the people of the state will resist them,” he said.
“Anyone planning to steal our mandate will be resisted, nobody can intimidate us, those having such plan will rig themselves into the water.”
Wike accused some prominent politicians in the state of jubilating after the pronouncement of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the Edo gubernatorial election.
“They are already celebrating and plotting to repeat what they did in Edo; anybody suffering from malaria can say anything but nobody will use the police to rig here,” he said.
“If you want to take our mandate by force, you will go by force, our people must remain vigilant because INEC may want to take us unawares.”