2019: No credible elections with Idris as IGP – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared that Nigeria cannot have free, fair and credible elections, if the Police refuse to change their operational mentality. He said that the  current Inspector-General of Police believes  that he can only retain his office when he rigs for the governing party.

Speaking on Tuesday  at the Government House, Port Harcourt  when he granted audience to the Rivers State Coordinator  of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Governor Wike  also berated the NYSC  for deliberately  refusing to  make public the mass abductions of corps members  by the  Police and Security agencies during the December 10, 2016  rerun elections in the state.

He said: “Nigeria cannot conduct free and fair elections, if Police do not change their attitude.  “With the present Inspector-General of Police, we cannot have free and fair elections. The IGP  believes that he can only retain his position, if he rigs elections  and help to  deliver  a particular party”.

The governor said that Rivers people now know  the modus  operandi of the Police  and other security agencies, pointing out that the rigging that took place  on December 10, 2016 as facilitated by the  Police would never happen   again.

He regretted  that the Nigerian Police  have condescended to the abysmal  level of plotting  blackmail  schemes against Rivers State and her people.

He said Rivers State has been peaceful since elections are over. He noted that the conflicts during  elections are deliberately  generated by the police to create an atmosphere for rigging.

Commenting on the welfare of the NYSC, Governor Wike announced that the State will construct a new State Secretariat for the Scheme at Greater Port Harcourt; which will be named after Late Corps Member, Okonta Dumebi.

The governor  directed the Secretary to the Rivers State  Government to liaise with the State Coordinator of NYSC  to work out an improved regime of allowances  for Corps  members  to be  implemented by his administration.

He also announced the donation  of  a bus to NYSC Rivers State. He said that the administration will  expand  facilities at the NYSC Permanent Orientation at Tai  LGA.

Earlier, the Rivers State Coordinator of the NYSC, Omotayo Adewoye appreciated the governor’s  support for the scheme.

He said the governor as a performer has impacted positively on the activities of the NYSC .


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