In the aftermath of the rerun elections in Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike was quick to accuse the All Progressives Congress, the police, INEC and the army of ‘rigging’.
But a phone tape is now trending online that showed that it was Wike himself that was the big culprit and that he had paid an unspecified amount to officials of INEC to rig for his party’s candidates.
According to an online report, Wike was caught on tape as he spoke with an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), threatening them to rig the elections as he had arranged or ‘not leave the state’ alive.
According to SaharaReporters, Wike arranged with INEC officials, particularly those sent from Plateau State, to rig the election for candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Etche, Khana, Ikwerre and other key local government areas in the state.
“One of Mr. Wike’s phone calls went to a female INEC official who was complaining that the money offered by the governor was not sufficient for the rigging task. An infuriated Governor Wike told the woman that he had already paid the electoral coordinator in Plateau State.
“At one point in the conversation, when Governor Wike was told that one of the electoral officers was reluctant to sign one of the result sheets, the governor threatened to demand his money back from the recalcitrant official.
“Then, as if not satisfied with his threat to collect back his money, Mr. Wike voiced his intent to kill the official, stating that the man would not leave Rivers State alive”, Sahara Reporters said.
SaharaReporters spoke to a top INEC official in Abuja who and he confirmed that most of the electoral officers who conducted the recently concluded legislative elections in Rivers State were drafted from Plateau and Oyo States. He added that some of the electoral officials were also drafted from one of the Southeastern states.
*Listen to the chilling phone conversation here:
8Reported By SaharaReporters