*Phone recording was APC’s creation— Wike
By Jimitota Onoyume & Davies Ihiemnachor
PORT HARCOURT—NO fewer than 2,000 members of All Progressives Congress, APC, weekend, marched through major streets in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, calling on the Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to investigate the alleged audio recorded voice of Governor Nyesom Wike threatening INEC staff over the December 10 re-run elections in the state.
Leaders of the party led the peaceful protest to the Rivers State Police Command on Moscow Road and the state headquarters of the INEC on Aba Road, where they appealed to the institutions to dig into the issue.
Meantime, Governor Wike has dismissed his alleged recorded voice as another ploy by the APC to divert attention from the killings committed in the state in the last election by security operatives deployed to the state by the APC-led Federal Government.
The governor, who said that the audio was a creation of the APC, noted that the Federal Government should investigate clear cases of abuse recorded on camera against a senior officer of SARS in the state.
Deputy governorship candidate of the APC in the last governorship election, Mr Asita Asita, who spoke for the protesters, said they were also kicking against release of result for Rivers East senatorial district by the electoral body when some elections had not been conducted in some areas.
“We have formerly presented a petition to the Chairman of INEC. We have also presented the petition to the Inspector General of Police through the Commissioner of Police in the state.
“We are protesting the conduct of the election especially in the Rivers East senatorial district, where election results were yet to collate in about four local government areas when the INEC went ahead to declare the results in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and present certificates.
“We have come to lay a formal complain to the INEC, now we had hoped that Wike will concentrate on the governance of the state. We have allowed him to govern, but he is distracting himself in the governance of the state. We are here therefore, to formally notify him that we are now ready to contend with him.”