Rivers ALGON Alleges Plot to Move INEC's Fake Result Sheets Suspects to Abuja
The Rivers State chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), on Monday, alleged plots by the Rivers State Police Command to transfer the suspects arrested in connection with the alleged fake election result sheets printing to Abuja to facilitate their release.
This allegation is coming on the heels of denial by the man alleged to have given out the contract for the printing of the sensitive Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and former Rivers State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hon. Emmanuel Chinda.
Chinda said he is innocent of the allegations alleging that the state governor, Nyesom Wike, and the state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Felix Obuah, are acting out a script to discredit the All progressives Congress (APC).
But addressing journalists in Port Harcourt on Monday, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of ALGON in the state, Hon. Samuel Nwanosike, said the motive behind the plot of the police to transfer the matter to Abuja was to water down the allegations against the suspects and release them.
Nwanosike said, "We are aware that there are pressures to transfer the matter from Rivers State Police Command to Abuja, to enable them water down the evidence and release the suspects.
"As ALGON, we have met and looked at all the issues and we insist that the matter cannot be swept under the carpet. We call on the Commissioner of Police to know that the voice of the people is the voice of God.
"No matter the pressure from Abuja, he must do justice to this issue that has to do with the will of the people of Rivers State. Emmanuel Chinda, the former commissioner for Agriculture under former Governor Chibuike Amaechi, does not have immunity. Dakuku Adol Peterside, the director-general of NIMASA does not have immunity.
"The commissioner of Police should arrest them immediately. Let the public see that they were arrested, investigated and tried. We, the people of Rivers State are saying, enough is enough. We want these men arrested."
Nwanosike, who is also the caretaker committee chairman of Ikwerre local government area and state PRO of the PDP, denied claims by the APC that the suspects were tortured and forced to make the statement indicting chieftains of the party, adding that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is ever ready to defend the mandate given to it by the people of the state.
He said, "In Rivers State, we are on ground in our respective local government areas and we are ready to lead our people to defend democracy."
Meanwhile, the former Commissioner for Agriculture, Chinda, said Wike and Obuah were playing out a script they designed to discredit the APC.
“Wike has converted himself to the state commissioner of police; he ordered the arrest. Obuah carried out the arrest and took them to Wike’s police station at Government House; and Wike’s media aide issued a statement on behalf of the police,” he said.
He stated that anytime elections were announced for the state, Wike would design a strategy to neutralise anybody that would give him problems as he allegedly did in the case of Ojukaye Flag-Amachree, former chairman of Akukutoru Local Government Council, before the March rerun election who was charged for murder.
Chinda said his legal team was already studying the allegations against him and would soon take legal actions against the governor and other who had accused him of printing INEC sensitive materials.
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