By IPAC (Rivers State)
The Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Rivers State is shocked and embarrassed by calls by some compromised pro-APC Elders convened by (a) desperate Minister … for President Muhammadu Buhari to interfere in the Rivers State Governorship Election Collation Process with a view to subverting the will of Rivers people.
We have Information that these Pro-APC Elders have written to the President, demanding that the President should intervene in the Rivers State Governorship Election Collation Process, halt same and create the atmosphere to disable INEC from concluding the elections in the State.
IPAC Rivers State views the letter of this Elders to the President as devilish, wicked and an affront to the good people of Rivers State who overwhelmingly voted for the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of the PDP on March 9, 2019. It is unfortunate that these Pro-APC Elders would allow themselves to be used by the desperate Minister … who is bent on imposing his stooge on Rivers State as Governor.
As elders and stakeholders, we expected these Pro-APC elements to drop their political affiliations and face the reality of the time. We expected them to embrace the choice of Rivers people, rather than dance to the satanic tunes of the Minister ….
These Pro-APC Elders sponsored by the Minister … cannot claim ignorance of the (alleged) negative roles played by the Nigerian Army as they (allegedly) attempted to subvert the will of Rivers people during the Governorship and State Assembly elections.
As acknowledged by the INEC’s Fact-Finding Committee, the general elections took place in majority of the polling units of Rivers State. Collation of results and declarations has already been made in majority of the State Constituencies and the PDP won in all these areas.
This was in spite of the failed attempt of the AAC/APC alliance to use the army and F-SARS to subvert the will of Rivers people. It was a horrible and disgraceful sight to see Nigerian Army personnel captured on video at different Local Government Collation Centres, including Ogo/Bolo, Okrika, Port Harcourt, Khana, Eleme and Akuku-Toru marauding and attempting to snatch collated results. The most despicable of which, was the invasion of the State Governorship Collation Centre by the Army on March 10, 2019, which was broadcast on National Television to the entire world
Instead of condemning the unnecessary militarization in a democracy and the manifest use of violence by the army in the State during the elections in our dear State, the Pro-APC Elders chose to exhibit selective amnesia.
This last minute desperate correspondence by the Pro-APC Elders contracted by the Minister … is simply another vain attempt at subverting the conclusion of the Collation Process.
Apart from the signatories, the content of the ignoble letter is similar to that of the March 19, 2019 Press Release by the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army. The International Community and INEC have since indicted soldiers for their illegal roles in attempting to subvert the will of Rivers people. Therefore, the lies contained in the Elders’ letter to Mr. President should be taken for what it is: politically motivated cooked-up bunkum unworthy of the paper it is written.
We call on Mr. President to disregard the calls by these Pro-APC Elders to transfer the INEC officials that conducted the elections in Rivers State. This was the same call made by the Minister … after he lost his polling unit …. It was the same request made by the sacked leadership of Rivers APC and their AAC allies. But they pretend to know that the election in Rivers State is a process, which cannot be truncated without right lies and frivolous allegations by misguided and partisan Elders.
Indeed, it is embarrassing that the Pro-APC Elders and lackeys of the Minister … are threatening violence. How on earth would no less personalities … place partisan and monetary considerations above the interest of Rivers State. At this age in their lives, they should be conscientious enough to repudiate the ignoble schemes, treachery and shenanigans of (the minister).
IPAC Rivers State further calls on the President not to take any step that will jeopardize the Collation and Declaration of Governorship Election Results in Rivers State. We have confidence in the INEC Rivers State and they should be allowed to complete the process.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Governorship and State Assembly elections in Rivers State have been concluded as announced by INEC in its Press Release. It is obvious from results in all the polling units that Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has been re-elected. We are only waiting for the formal Collation and Declaration of the results as required by law.
Consequently, the arm-twisting ploy of these Elders hired by the Minister … will not work. The will of Rivers people will prevail. The AAC/APC/Army conspiracy is aware of this fact, hence the last minute desperation.
We welcome the widely reported decision of Mr. President not to interfere with the electioneering process in any of the states where Governorship Elections is yet to be concluded. We urge the President to stick to his words and ignore these Elders who have become paid agents of ….
Rivers people have voted for their Governor and they have voted for their State Lawmakers. A few misguided old men acting on behalf of an anti-Rivers Minister cannot subvert the will of Rivers people.