Rivers denies ‘bribing’ INEC officials
denied that Governor Nyesom Wike
allegedly spent N111million to bribe
Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) staff during the
December 10, 2016 rerun legislative
election in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
reports that a panel constituted to
investigate the electoral and other
offences perpetrated during the rerun
election alleged that it recovered N111
million from 23 INEC officials.
The Chairman of the panel, Mr. Damian
Okoro, a Deputy Commissioner of Police,
made the allegation while presenting
the team’s report to the Inspector-
General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, in
Abuja on Tuesday.
He alleged that three senior electoral
officers collected N20 million each out of
the N360 million given to them by Wike,
while the remaining officers received
N15 million each.
The Special Assistant to the Rivers
Governor on Electronic Media, Mr.
Simeon Nwakaudu, said the allegation
was false and politically motivated.
Nwakaudu said in a statement in Port
Harcourt that the police allegation was
aimed at diverting attention from the
real issues about the election.
“The statement is patently false,
politically motivated and cooked by the
police to justify the violence they visited
in the people of Rivers State during the
rerun,” he said.
According to him, Governor Wike did not
spend N360 million to rig the election.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Rivers
State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike,
did not spend N360 million to rig the
rerun legislative elections of December
“The people of Rivers State
overwhelmingly voted the PDP across
the state because of the outstanding
performance of Governor Wike since
May 29, 2015, Nwakaudu said.