Government & Politics

Rivers re-run: Wike calls for Amaechi to be arrested

The Rivers State Government has called for the arrest of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi if found moving around on election day.

The Governor said security operatives should adhere strictly to President Muhammadu Buhari’s
directives without bias.

The State’s Commissioner for Information and Communication, Austin Tam-George urged the security operatives to arrest Amaechi and prosecute him if he posed any security threat and violated the electoral laws, before, during and after the Rivers State re-run polls.

Tam-George, who made this declaration in a press statement, said Amaechi’s hotel room and vehicles should be searched to ensure that he was not in possession of sensitive materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), before, during and after the election.

He alleged that Amaechi’s plot to truncate the electoral process in Rivers State through the instigation of violence had been perfected two weeks ago.

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He further called on the security forces to quickly investigate a purported “security reports that the All Progressives Congress, have sown fake military
uniforms and distributed to its members to cause mayhem during the elections, so as to plunge the State into anarchy.”

The Commissioner also requested an “urgent investigation into credible information that the INEC ad hoc staff list is already populated with fanatical
APC supporters, who have been mandated to rig the elections without scruples.”

Dr. Tam-George further posited that “the electoral law is no respecter of any person no matter how highly placed”, and urged INEC to be responsive to its duties and resist being pliable in the hands of Amaechi.

The Commissioner emphasized that INEC should recognize that it would be held to the highest operational and ethical standards throughout the electoral process.


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