Rivers Rerun: Wike rejects police report, denies bribing INEC officials

Governor Nyesom Wike
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike Photo: Pulse.ng

The Rivers State government on Tuesday denied that Governor Nyesom Wike allegedly spent N360 million to bribe Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, staff during the December 10 re-run legislative election.

The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that a police panel constituted to investigate the electoral and other offences perpetrated during the re-run election said that it recovered N111 million from 23 INEC officials.

The Chairman of the panel, Damian Okoro, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, made the allegation while presenting the team’s report to the Inspector-General of Police, 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 Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers, while the remaining officers received N15 million each.

In response, the Special Assistant to the Rivers Governor on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, said the allegation was false and politically motivated.

Mr. 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 (by the police) is patently false, politically motivated and cooked by the police to justify the violence they visited in the people of Rivers state during the re-run” he said.

According to him, Governor Wike did not spend N360 million to rig the re-run election.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike did not spend N360 million to rig the re-run 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,” Mr. Nwakaudu said.



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  • Adeyi

    Is that all the defence from the governor’s spokesman? He can do better than that.

    • Pure Reasoning

      Completely agree with you. This is a shameful defense. If as the spokesman says, “governor Wike did not spend N360 million to rig the re-run election” then tell the world; HOW MUCH DID THE GOV. SPEND?

      • musa aliyu

        He spent #111 million! Lol

      • simon tor gideon

        The spokesman has forgotten that all the indicted electoral officials that confessed and returned this money are still alive and can give account of how this money came into their hands from the Rivers state govt.Wike was acting on a script written for him by Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state and now that this has boomerang,Fayose is keping quiet.He would by now be speaking and calling names if this was traced to either the federal govt or opposition.I pity our so called leaders.

      • Omeje Maxwell C

        Some sieze to amaze me, where are the INEC officer in thier homes or in the hand of DSS or SSS of EFCC. ppl open ur eyes nigeria has a way of fighting curruptions what are the basic measure taken b4 and after the money was recovered. Since the inception of APC it had been diversion of attention infact nigerians have turn to zombie watching APC seasonal movies. I pity for some ppl reasoning’s.

  • Man_Enough

    Before nko? Would he have agreed even if they cought him red handed?

    • Julius

      Nope, not in Naija. We don’t know how to do that. We lie going to our grave sometimes.

  • Adele Uhuru

    APC wants Rivers State by any means possible, it seems?

    • Julius

      So, thats why Wike spent the state resources to bribe the election officers . Yeah, na APC fault. Smdh !

      • Adele Uhuru

        You are a dummy, because the corrupt agent of APC made an allegation with monies piled up on a desk for drama-sake make it a fact- how about the names of these individuals that were bribed by Wike? what are their names and how did he allegedly bribe them – these are pertinent question before the grand dramatization by Police and EFCC?

        • Julius

          I’m a dummy because Wike himself said on the tape that he paid some people and if they wont do his bidding they should return his money ? No, you are the dumb ass and its your money that he spent bribing the INEC officials. Those that took the money will confess when they are arrested. Let me guess, you wont believe them then. People like you are the ones dragging this country back and I bet you were there welcoming Ibori home from the prison.

          • Adele Uhuru

            Lacking intelligence is the bane of your existence- So the bribe receivers have not confessed but the police managed to some how miraculously intercept the monies whilst the INEC officials have not been charged but all fingers point to the actual scapegoat see it is quite obvious that though Wike might be compromised but APC crooked party of unintelligent thieves is desperately silavating eager to consume the soul of Rivers state and plunge her into recession just as they did at the Federal level But lo Wike stands guard with both eye open to counter all the crooked Amechi and his minions from hell engineering of pure evil – moron that’s why no one will shed a single tear when APC meets its demise quite soon

  • Rommel

    Perhaps Wike and his people have not understood the meaning of the word ‘recovered’

  • Eldorado

    Okay, so tell us how much he actually spent to rig the election

  • truth

    With the heap of N500 and N1000 notes displayed in front of some of the Officers in the punch newspaper and the betraying phone calls made available by Sahara Reporters, haba why is it that some Nigerians are born liars. Even as a man, when another man’s property is unlawfully found in their possession, they would say they have sticky fingers. Hahaaaaaa, I tire for you o.

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