Police are blatant liars, Wike not involved in N360m bribe for INEC staff -Rivers govt
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Police are blatant liars, Wike not involved in N360m bribe for INEC staff -Rivers govt

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Rivers government has declared as “patently false”, the claim by the Nigerian Police that Governor Nyesom Wike allegedly spent N111million to bribe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) staff during the December 10 rerun election in the state.

The Police panel set up by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to investigate the electoral fraud and other offenses that marred the rerun election in Rivers State, on Tuesday alleged that it recovered N111 million from 23 INEC officials, given to the them by the state government to rig the election.

Reacting to the police claim later on Tuesday, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers Governor on Electronic Media, described the allegation as not only false but politically motivated.

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He said in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, the state capital that the police claim was nothing but a plot to divert attention from the ugly role it played during the election.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, did not spend N360 million to rig the re-run legislative elections of December 10, 2016. The people of Rivers State overwhelmingly voted the PDP across the state because of the outstanding performance of Governor Wike since May 29, 2015″, Nwakaudu said.

He continued, “The statement (by the police) is patently false, politically motivated and cooked by the police to justify the violence they visited on the people of Rivers state during the rerun.

 

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