The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has vehemently denied allegations of electoral misconduct during the Presidential and National Assembly elections held on Saturday, February 25, 2023. In a statement released by the State Commissioner for Information, Chris Finebone, Governor Wike called the accusations a “lie from the pit of hell” and dismissed them as the wicked imagination of failed evil doers.
The Governor went on to clarify that he and his wife cast their votes and then returned home without venturing out again for the rest of the day. Therefore, he found it surprising that some individuals would lie against him and claim that he moved around with soldiers, intimidating people and influencing the voting and collation of votes. Wike emphasized that he does not have a single soldier in his formal or informal entourage, especially not during election time. The accusation of him moving around to intimidate or cause any disruption of any kind was nothing but a wicked fabrication.
Furthermore, Finebone mentioned that a group of persons had been peddling a doctored audio and visual clip aimed at incriminating the Governor and tarnishing his image. He pointed out that a similar audio clip had been concocted by Saharareporters during the 2016 re-run election in Rivers State, which had been discredited and discarded as a piece of rubbish masterminded by evil people to tarnish the image of Wike. He accused some individuals of trying to throw dirt at the Governor again, using the same old discredited clip to justify their evil machinations of sullying his image.
It is unfortunate that such false allegations are made against public figures, especially during election periods when emotions run high. However, it is reassuring to see Governor Wike’s resolute denial of the accusations and his determination to clear his name. His statement is a reminder that we must always be cautious about the information we consume and the sources we trust. We hope that the truth will come to light and that justice will prevail.