Rivers denies ‘bribing’ INEC officials

Rivers State government on Tuesday

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

10, 2016.

“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.

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