Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Nigeria has denied allegations that he moved around with soldiers to intimidate and disrupt the Presidential and National Assembly elections that took place on Saturday, February 25, 2023.
In response to recent accusations made against him, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Nigeria has vehemently denied claims that he moved about with soldiers during the recent elections in the state. In a statement released by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Chris Finebone, Governor Wike described the accusation as “derived only from the wicked imagination of failed evil doers.”
The statement also clarified that Governor Wike does not have a single soldier in his formal or informal entourage at any time, especially during election time. After Governor Wike and his wife cast their votes in the election, they returned home and did not step out for the rest of the day.
The accusations made against Governor Wike are reportedly being peddled by the same individuals who, in 2016 during the rerun election in Rivers State, doctored audio and visual clips to incriminate the governor. The statement specifically referred to a doctored audio clip that was purported to be a discussion between the governor and Hon. Dum Dekor. The government discredited the audio clip at the time, but it has been brought up again during the current election period to tarnish the governor’s image.
Governor Wike has urged the public to disregard any multimedia contraptions or voice notes that seek to tarnish his image. He stated that it is surprising that the same individuals who lied against him in the past have gone ahead to raise false accusations suggesting that he moved about with soldiers to intimidate people and influence voting and collation of votes.
The statement issued by the commissioner for information further clarifies that Governor Wike is a man of integrity who abhors violence and who has consistently called for free and fair elections in the state. It concludes by urging the public to disregard the false accusations and to remain focused on building a better Rivers State.
In conclusion, it is important for all parties involved in elections to conduct themselves in a manner that promotes peace and democracy. The accusations made against Governor Wike are serious, and it is imperative that they are investigated thoroughly to determine their veracity. Until then, it is essential to maintain peace and avoid actions or statements that could incite violence or damage the democratic process.