Ahead of the Saturday rerun election in Rivers, the fight between the state governor, Nyesom Wike and his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, continues to get messier as Amaechi has branded his successor a murderer.
Amaechi who is now Nigeria’s Minister of Transport, said that Wike was yet to deny he killed people and that he sponsored those who carried arms in the 2015 general elections, even, during the campaigns.
Amaechi, who made this claim when he spoke with newsmen at the Port Harcourt International airport on arrival in the state for the Saturday re-run legislative elections, added that the cache of arms and ammunition Wike recovered from cultists during the first phase of the Rivers State Amnesty Programme were evidences to buttress his allegations.
“Wike has not denied he did not kill people, he sponsored those who carried arms in the 2015 general elections, even, during the campaigns.
“Our people were beaten, manhandled and others threatened, leaving many dead, but, we will not continue to allow these things to happen like that. Members of the PDP were also responsible for killing APC members in Omoku”.
Amaechi in his response to Wike’s allegation that the Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state have have already conspired to manipulate election results in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC), challenged Governor Wike and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to prove their allegation if they have justifiable evidence.
“The allegations are immaterial, null and void. Why is Wike and PDP making too much noise and fruitless allegations?” he said.
Amaechi also claimed that he is more popular than all those in the PDP. He argued that when he left office in 2015 as the state governor, he had over 75 per cent support from Rivers people from other parts of the country resident in the state.
He said, “Before now, l used to tell my party members to vote and protect their votes, but there has been complaints of indecent attacks from the PDP, so, l have asked the APC party members to protect their votes and their lives as well, because the PDP cannot be bigger than everybody everywhere.”
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