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PDP describes police as magicians over N111m Rivers rerun bribery claim

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The National Working Committee (NWC) chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has described the police panel that investigated the Rivers state rerun as magicians.

The party said this in reaction to the claims by the panel that it recovered N111million cash allegedly used to bribe INEC officials to rig the December 10 rerun election.

The police panel set up by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to investigate electoral and some other offences, had on Tuesday in Abuja displayed N111million cash allegedly recovered from 23 INEC officials as bribe allegedly offered them by the Rivers State government to compromise the legislative re-run polls in the state.

However, Senator Makarfi, speaking on the matter when the Strategy Review and Inter-party Committee of the PDP headed by Professor Jerry Gana submitted its report in Abuja, on Wednesday, made mockery of the report and described it as some sort of magic.

Makarfi who during the occasion called for prayers for ailing President Muhammadu Buhari said, “What is happening in Rivers State reminds me of the work of magicians. How can the Police display money and claim that it was from bribe given by the PDP? We could have also brought money. What if the police and the security agencies were also compromised? Was their money not recoverable?

“We specialise in bastardising institutions yet we want them to do well. It will not work. We started by bastardising the judiciary now it is the electoral body. It will not work. It is either we do the right thing or the right thing will be done to us.

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“We must stand for institutional reforms. What we have now is that institutions are serving those in office. We can never get it right if they do not serve the people of Nigeria. If we do not do away with this practice, these nonsensical things will continue. We must free these institutions from serving those in office.”

Rivers State PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr. Samuel Nwanosike, has also described the money evidence as primary school drama and called on the police to reveal the individuals in the Rivers government that offered the bribe as well as come up with pictures of where and when the money was given to the INEC officials.

Meanwhile, the state’s All Progressives Congress (APC) in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Chris Finebone, on Wednesday called for the prosecution of those indicted by the panel constituted by the IG on Rivers re-run elections.

‘’We feel a sense of vindication over repeated alarm we raised before, during and after the general and re-run elections of 2015 and 2016 that Wike bribes electoral officials before and during every election in Rivers State,” APC said.

 

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