By Nwaorgu Faustinus
The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has alerted the public on efforts being made by President Goodluck Jonathan to use a top official of the Niger Delta Development Coommission (NDDC) and the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) to rig the forthcoming general elections in the State.
The party in a statement issued Wednesday in Port Harcourt alleged that NDDC Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Dr. Henry Ogiri, has been directed by President Jonathan to work closely with Rivers REC, Mrs. Gesila Khan, to ensure that Jonathan wins on March 28 while Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Chief Nyesome Wike, wins on April 11.
?Acting according to the script, Dr Ogiri has purchased a brand new Prada Jeep for Mrs. Gesila Khan and the Jeep is currently parked at the village of Mrs. Khan in Ogbia, Bayelsa State. In addition, Dr Ogiri has set aside a whopping sum of $100 million to be deposited into the account of Mrs. Khan before the week runs off,? Rivers APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya said.
According to Ikanya in the statement, ?To perfect the plans of winning Rivers State at all costs, Mrs. Khan, who is from President Jonathan?s village and his very close relation, was deliberately posted to Rivers recently to ensure that PDP wins the State despite having been overwhelmingly rejected by our people. For INEC to post President Jonathan?s kinswoman to supervise the elections in Rivers State, which he has personally confessed neglecting deliberately in his six years in office, simply betrays the Presidency?s desperation to rig the elections as PDP can never win any free and fair polls in Rivers State.?
Ikanya said that the strategy of compromising INEC to pave the way for the use of the allegedly missing 14,000 PVCs and PDP?s cloned cards was coming after PDP failed to wear down Rivers APC through the killing and detaining of several of its members.
?We will like the security organs to investigate this woman and retrieve this car and expose Dr Ogiri for what he is. This is a man who has failed to pay NDDC staff for months and has also failed to pay contractors for services rendered to the commission, while funds are reserved for use in rigging the 2015 elections for PDP,? Ikanya said.
He also appealed to INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, ?who means well for this country with all his innovative ideas designed to stop rigging in our electoral system, to closely monitor the activities of the Rivers REC before she rubbishes all that the electoral umpire has perfected to conduct a free and fair election in the country.?
Rivers APC urged President Jonathan and Chief Wike to play the game according to the rules and stop overheating the polity by adopting untoward ploys through their desperation to ?capture? Rivers at all cost. ?PDP has pocketed the Police in the State who are ready to do her bidding by arresting the APC leaders indiscriminately. To attempt to buy over the INEC simply demonstrates that Rivers State will be in total mess if Chief Wike succeeds in his bid to capture Rivers instead of allowing the people of Rivers State to elect their Governor and leaders in the March 28th and April 11 gubernatorial election,? APC said.