The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, is confident that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) could lose the governorship and state Houses Assembly elections because the people of the state are firmly with the party.
The governor has also accused Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, and the 6 Division of Nigerian Army of masterminding the mass arrest of innocent Nigerians and prominent PDP members in the State ahead of the elections.
Speaking during a town hall meeting with leaders of Rivers East senatorial district in Port Harcourt on Thursday, Wike charged the people not to be intimidated by soldiers as they have a duty to vote for him and other PDP candidates on Saturday.
He declared that the governorship and State Assembly elections would be used to “end the illegal activities of the political monster of Rivers State”.
He said: “There is no way that the PDP will lose Rivers State and they tell the world that the elections are free and fair. Even if we want to play politics, how would they explain it to the international community that PDP lost to an unknown party that did not campaign?
“How many soldiers will they deploy to implement the rigging? I am not worried about their bringing more troops from Sokoto and Kafanchan, God is our security. During the presidential and National Assembly elections, they struggled for 25 percent, but they did not get it.”
Wike said Rivers State has passed the stage where a “failed politician will direct the people on who to vote three days to the election,” adding that nobody will play God in Rivers State.
“Nobody should be afraid, come out and vote for the PDP. Your votes will be counted. Your votes will be protected”.
He said the illegal arrests by the military would not stop the victory of the PDP during the Governorship and State Assembly elections.
“If they arrest 2,000 persons, they will see more 10, 000. Our people should be security conscious about their movement because these people are very desperate,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, a former Rivers State Governor, Celestine Omehia said everything about the election has gone smoothly for Rivers PDP because of the involvement of God. He said that the PDP will emerge victorious on March 9, 2019.
He said that the people of Rivers State are solidly behind Wike and other PDP candidates.
Meanwhile, the state government has accused Amaechi, and the GOC of 6 Division, Nigeria Army of masterminding the mass arrest of innocent Nigerians and prominent PDP members in the State.