The All Progressives Congress (APC) has latched onto the controversy surrounding an audio recording first released by Sahara Reporters newspaper which purportedly has the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike admitting to bribing some electoral officials and threatening to kill them if his instructions were not followed.
A statement signed by the national publicity secretary of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said the recording confirms the fears raised by the APC in the buildup to the recently conducted December 10, 2016 legislative re-run elections in the State.
“Governor Wike may have engaged in unwholesome conducts that might have compromised the integrity of the electoral process and undermined his office as the Chief Security Officer of a state. The only logical conclusion from this therefore is that the electoral victories of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have been achieved through underhand dealings and intimidation of officials,” Abdullahi said.
The party said Gov. Wike should be held responsible for the violence which followed the elections in Rivers state.
Meanwhile the Rivers government has debunked the leaked audio recording, saying it was fabricated.
But the APC in its statement accused Wike of making false claims before the elections in order to cover up his own role in the violence.
“It is also evident that the allegations by the Rivers State government and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of an assassination threat on Wike and the allegation by Wike that APC Governors funded violence in the state during the election might have been deliberately contrived to cover-up the role that the Governor had played in the violence that attended the election.
“The APC condemns any form of violence as it relates to elections or any other matter. In this instance, we urge security agencies to do the needful and ensure that sponsors and perpetrators of violence, no matter how highly placed, are brought to justice,” the statement said.