Rivers State governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike has declared that the plot by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ) and its cohorts to transplant the Edo State rigging model in Rivers State will fail as the people of the state will resist them.
He insisted that INEC and security agencies will not be allowed to use model they used during the governorship election in Edo State in Rivers State.
Wike spoke yesterday while speaking at the flag-off ceremony for the reconstruction of Bonny Jetty at the Bille/Bonny/Nembe Waterfront in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
The governor said, “Anyone planning to steal our mandate will be resisted. Nobody can intimidate us. They will rig themselves into the water.
“I hear some persons celebrating that they will repeat what they did in Edo State, here in Rivers State. Somebody who is suffering from malaria can say anything. But nobody will use the police to rig the rerun elections in Rivers State.
“If you want to take our mandate by force, you will go by force. All the people of Rivers State must remain vigilant. INEC may want to take us unawares.”
On the flag off of the reconstruction of Bonny Jetty, Wike stated that the project is aimed at developing a quality water transport jetty where safety and security is promoted.
He said that the reconstruction of the jetty is in fulfilment of the pledge that he made to the people of the area during the electioneering campaign.
The governor said, “The day I came here to inspect this facility, I wept because of the condition of the jetty. We will develop it into a modern jetty. All the roads in the township suburb will also be rehabilitated by Julius Berger.”