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Rivers election: Wike should concede defeat – Group

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A group, Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative, has urged the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike to concede defeat in the elections that were held in the state.

The group, in an emergency press conference on Thursday in Abuja, alleged that Wike is plotting a massive protest in Abuja against the elections.

The National Coordinator of the group, Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi, said in the statement that Wike is desperate and has strategised with foreign-trained media to engage in protests and reportage to shut down Abuja.

The statement further said that this the protest would be portrayed as a backlash against the outcome of the election in Rivers.

The group, However,  advised Wike “to be brave and accept rejection by his own people.”

“What we uncovered is a plan by the Rivers state governor, Mr Nyesom Wike to overwhelm and shut down Abuja with protests. The protesters would reportedly claim their actions are in response to the outcome of the election in Rivers state.

It said the protests would be met with stiff resistance from security operatives but that “This will then be flagged as repressive by Wike’s foreign partners. This campaign, planned by Wike, would be branded and promoted as popular protests against President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Armed Forces.

“Wike’s Adviser on Media, Simeon Nwakudu has been in touch with point person for election losers across the country. He has instructed them to be on standby to mobilize protests against their losses, even when the candidates that did not win are well aware that they lost for other reasons.

“These disgruntled elements have also procured the services of foreign news channels that will report their paid protests as representative of the aggregate view of Nigerians and thereby undermine the credibility of the elections and the legitimacy of those declared winners. These paid protestors will be accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of deploying the military to intimidate voters during the elections.

“We challenge Wike to be bold enough and come out into the open. He should stop beating around the bush. We further challenge him to face and accept his rejection by the people of Rivers State. If he were as popular among the people of his state as he claims, then he should have garnered votes that give him outright win at the polls with the kind of percentage difference President Buhari won over his closest rival.”

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