PDP condemns police bribery allegation against Wike

Former National Caretaker Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Makarfi.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has condemned a police report alleging the involvement of Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers in bribing officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The chairman, PDP National Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, said the alleged recovered money displayed by the police reminded him of the actions of magicians.

Speaking on Wednesday in Abuja at the submission of the report of Jerry Gana-led PDP Strategy Review and Inter-Party Affairs Committee, Mr. Makarfi said there was no evidence to prove that the money was from Mr. Wike.

“The police brought out money saying it was confiscated from INEC officers.

“We too could have brought some monies here and also said they were confiscated from INEC officers.

“What of the money with the police and other security agencies? Have they not compromised or is the money not recoverable?’’ Mr. Makarfi asked.

He cautioned against bastardising public institutions to do government biding, saying, “it is either we do the right thing or the right thing will be done to us”.

Also speaking, Dayo Adeyeye, Secretary National Caretaker Committee, while urging the police to stop harassing Mr. Wike, advised the Inspector-General of police to be conscious of his action on the matter.

“What is the evidence that the monies recovered from INEC officers were from the PDP or the governor? Were the monies marked?

“So, APC did not bribe INEC officers?’’ he asked.

The police panel, constituted by police high command, submitted its report to the Inspector-General of Police on Tuesday in Abuja.

The report stated that N111 million was recovered from 23 INEC officials that participated in the Rivers state Assembly re-run elections.

The police quoted the INEC officials as saying that Mr. Wike gave them the money to rig the election in favour of the PDP.

The recovered cash was displayed during the presentation of the report at Police Headquarters, Abuja.

The chairman of the panel, Damian Okoro, Deputy Commissioner of Police, made the allegation while presenting the team’s report to the Inspector-General of Police.

Mr. Okoro alleged that three senior election officials collected N20 million each out of the N360 million allegedly given to key officials by Wike.

He said the other officials received N15 million each. (NAN)


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  • dami

    The problem is that policemen were killed in that election…therefore they cannot be on wike’s side and are therefore very biased against him.
    Having said that wike is a very garrulous fellow and lacks tact…is he the first to bribe inec officials…why is his own always very messy….tactless governor.

    • ubong

      Nigeria police has become a regional police force thst must do the bidding of his regional master working in partnership with southerners that are readu to lick their ass. Its the highest level of police corruption but in a corrupt nation like Nigeria, corruption is only limited to financial looting and not this such of silly and dirty propaganda by an institution that sjould ne apolitical. It is a shame thst we still have a highly and regionally corrupt and politicize police force in Nigeria. However it is part of vhange we were promised as change could either be positive or negative. In this current dispensation, tje only change is political power returning to assumed owners while the change gullible Nigerians, particularly soutgerners were expectiing is not of any value to the shrewd northern political elites.

  • Paul Graham

    Are the Inec officials and millions recovered fake?

    • paul irumundomon

      You should know that na. APC is our wahala not wike or looters

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  • mybros

    Nigerians are indeed very funny people. All these doubts about the police report makes me wonder what kind of p we are!.
    Does anybody not know what happened in Rivers state during the recent elections???
    People were killed, houses burnt, some key leaders kidnapped and some highly placed political leaders caught on tape giving orders to do certain things. electoral officials were also involved in the mess with some law enforcement agents. When are we going to be realistic to face our challenges squarely to resolve them???
    The INEC officials should be the ones to defend themselves and clear their names.
    All these sentiments based on political affiliation will not help anybody going forward!

    • Alpha

      I reside and observed the elections and will assure you there wasn’t any of the two major parties that’s not guilty of corrupting the process in this last re-run. It was just the triumph of the most desparate, putting it mildly. That people were killed does not imply that Wike is the perpetrator, though he is called the chief security officer of his state, the police is responsible for security in all states.

  • Alpha

    A reminder of how Na’aba, the HR speaker during OBJ’s 1st tenor, displayed some heap of money in their chamber then, which he claimed was brought by the presidency to bribe its members, which was later discovered to have been withdrawn from a bank in Kano, Naaba’s town.

    I thought the Police will be intelligent enough to know that this stacks are not evidence at all, for intelligent minds. All these signify is giving dog a bad name in order to kill it. There should be some evidence, as we can’t take even purported confessions from anybody as evidence in this case.

  • Rommel

    PDP never ceases to amaze,this interjection clearly marks them as a duplicitous political organization,was the money from me? do they not think that the people from whom the money was recovered must have given evidence on the source of the money,besides,we have it on good authority where Ezenwo Nyesom Wike was threatening people to return his money if they fail to deliver or someone would die, are Nigerians now suffering from selective amnesia? PDP is a dirty party

  • We knew it was another cheap media circus by the Gestapo and the propagandists to blackmail the opposition. What happened to the APC fake ballots printing machines?

    • Julius

      So, it was the APC on the leaked tape bragging about bribing INEC and if they didn’t do what he paid for, he wants his money back ? . The INEC officials that refunded the bribes were also in on the propaganda ? You sure you are okay ?

      • What happened to the APC fake ballot printing machines? The Gestapo media circus is meant for the gullible not for mainstream Nigerians.

    • front man

      Ask Google

  • Julius

    These bastards also questioned the sharing of the $2.1 billion that was shared during the election even though the pdp big-wigs that received the money are refunding it. They cried to high heaven that Methu was being witch-hunted but, he tried to plead bargain and refund some money. Same with FFK, Koro and others. The pdp is a joke !

    • Ilesanmi Dunjoye

      Refunds made by persons arrested in the this charade called anti-graft war of Buhari is no other thing but RANSOM. Kidnapped persons have no choice but to meet kidnappers’ demand.

  • front man

    Pdp is finished they looted everything

    • Owoeye Gbenga

      APC panel,what else do you expect other than blackmailing and propaganda.Govt full of lies.Who will believe Police?Police of all people? I dey laugh o.Let APC cook another super story jare.

  • Ilesanmi Dunjoye

    Nigerians can not be been taken for a ride again. Those who are old enough to witness Buhari’s military tyranny (1983 – 1985) should understand what is going on now. Buhari will never change, he will make mess of many security officers, judges and others in his unguided ambition to humiliate his enemies. The case of Late Gov. Adekunle Ajasin is fresh in mind. Nigerians irrespective of their political, ethnic or religious leaning should be thinking of moving the country into a civilized plane and not supporting taking the nation back to the dark days of military dictatorship