A new angle has been added to the alleged militarisation of the 2019 general elections with Senator Andrew Uchendu ( APC Rivers East), declaring that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, militarised the just ended general elections in the state and not the Army or military as being erroneously claimed.
Senator Uchendu who stated this in Abuja on Thursday while fielding questions from journalists on the crisis trailing the 2019 general elections in the state, particularly, the yet to be concluded governorship and State House of Assembly elections, alleged that Governor Wike’s armed thugs in military uniform , carried out most of the killings and violence acts that took place in the state during the elections.
According to him, Governor Wike on March 9 when the governorship election held, stormed Obio-akpor local government collation center with over 200 armed thugs who shot an Army Captain by name, Salami, to death and injured many others, all in the process of falsifying already collated results from the ward levels.
He further stated that Governor Wike worked hand in glove with the Resident Electoral Commissioner ( REC) in the state , Obo Effanga , to manipulate the election results in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP).
He said: “All the narratives out there including the one said by Senator Dino Melaye ( PDP Kogi West), on the floor of the Senate on alleged militarisation of the last general elections in Rivers State, were nothing but falsehood. sponsored by Governor Wike.
“Governor Wike out of his desperation to win the governorship election conducted on the 9th of March, recruited thousands of youths under the aegis of Neighborhood Watch Corps to carry out violence in the state which they actually did during the elections.
“Not only were Wike’s thugs called neighborhood watch , armed to the teeth but clothed in fake army uniforms which made them to be mistsken for real soldiers.
“If those who killed and maimed during the elections were soldiers in the true of it, how come that soldiers themselves were shot during the elections three of whom were officers still in critical conditions at the intensive care unit of the University of Portharcourt Teaching Hospital ( UPTH).”
But when reminded that the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) in its report, indicted the military and not armed thugs on the election violence, he said Wike’s money and propaganda influenced the INEC report .
“It is very clear that since INEC REC in Rivers State has been bought over by Wike with about N500milliin, there is no way INEC in Abuja can escape such contamination.
“But nonetheless, concerned River people are watching INEC on how it will get itself out of the quagmire it put itself because already known results from the election shows that the gubernatorial candidate of African Action Congress ( AAC), was far, far leading Governor Wike of the PDP”, he added .