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Ondo Election: APC mounting pressure on INEC, security agencies to compromise poll — Wike

Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike is known for his fearlessness and readiness to speak truth to power at all times. In the past years, the lawyer-turned politician has provided robust opposition to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari like no other.

Recently, he was appointed chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, national campaign council for penultimate Saturday’s governorship election in Edo state, won by the party’s candidate and incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki. When his appointment was an nounced, his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress, APC and governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje threw a jibe, saying Governor Wike would be isolated until the exercise was completed.

However, Wike did a massive job of returning Obaseki to Osadebe Avenue for a fresh mandate of four years, leaving the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, former national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole in lamentation of what went wrong across all 18 local governments in the state.

Ahead of the October 10 governorship contest in Ondo state; Governor Wike has again raised the alarm of plot to compromise the electoral umpire and security agencies into manipulating the exercise in favour of the ruling party. Speaking as guest of Channels Television breakfast show, Sunrise Daily on Friday, Wike predicted victory for the PDP provided the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC comes up with the same level of professionalism and impartiality as displayed in the Edo election a week ago.

He said, “If INEC plays the same role they played in Edo, and security agencies play the same role they played in Edo, I can assure you that PDP will win Ondo state governorship election. It is very obvious. Nigerians are tired of promises made and nobody is seeing anything from the ruling party.”

Asked if he’s refereeing to the party at the federal or state level, Wike responded this way: “Who cares? What happens at the centre affects the state. It is the same party, same policies. The only fear I have as it concerns Ondo today is that there is so much pressure on INEC and security agencies. It is true that the APC is pressurizing them. I don’t need to tell you the source of my information because if I do, will I get my information again? But everyone including APC knows that they are putting pressure on INEC and security agencies. And I see it in such a way that INEC may succumb to it but it is my prayers that they don’t. I hope they are firm this time as they did in Edo but I doubt if they can,” he maintained.

Justifying this position, Wike added that “Having lost Edo, APC will do everything to make sure that they don’t lose Ondo because if they lose Ondo, their fear is that Nigerians will now know that the party is gone.”

He further dismissed the role of incumbency in the Edo poll, stressing that the election was between the people and a godfather bent on imposing his will on the people.

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