Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the negative role played by the Nigerian Army during the 2019 general elections was the worst in the history of the country, saying that the Nigerian Army’s political interference in the state was the most unfortunate infraction in the nation’s democratic experience.
Governor Wike formally requested for the redeployment of the General Officer Commanding ( GOC) 6 Division, Major General Jamil Sarhem for deliberately subverting the general elections in Rivers State .
Governor Wike spoke on Friday when he granted audience to the Nigerian Army Committee on Electoral Violence during the 2019 at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
He said: “Throughout my experience politically, I have never seen the Nigerian Army play the kind of role they played during the last General Elections.
“The Nigerian Army purely made political interferences all through. We will show you the visuals of the roles played by the Nigerian Army. If you go to the 6 Division, unless they have moved them out, you will see ballot boxes and electoral materials. The 6 Division served as the take off base for the Electoral Interference.
“We formally request that appropriate sanctions be meted out to the GOC of the 6 Division. It has never happened that the Army Division becomes the operational base of a political party. This GOC became actively involved in politics. He has his own Government in Rivers State. He has no respect for civil authority.
Highpoint of the meeting was the visual presentation of all the locations to the committee members, while the governor also presented a pictorial overview of the interference of the Nigerian Army in the Electoral Process in the state.