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‘Ondo is not Rivers’, Akeredolu warns Wike

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has cautioned the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike against interfering in the upcoming Ondo Governorship election.

Akeredolu who spoke through the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Donald Ojogor, said there would not be any room for Wike to influence the governorship election.

Wike had while speaking during the Channels TV programme on Friday expressed concern over the pressure being mounted on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Security Agencies to scuttle the will of Ondo people during the October 2020 Governorship Election.

He said while the people of Edo State fought godfatherism, Ondo State would respond to several unfulfilled promises made to them by the All Progressives Congress(APC).

Governor Wike said the national leadership of APC is not happy that they lost Edo to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and would do everything possible not to lose Ondo State.

“Having lost Edo State, everything will be done not to lose Ondo State because they know that will mean the end of APC.

“It is such pressure that is on INEC and the Security Agencies now that may lead to their compromising.

“I fear that INEC and the Security Agencies may succumb. But I pray they resist it and continue to defend democracy.

“In Ondo State, the will of the people are against them and incumbency will not work,” he said.

The Governor explained that the Edo State election has been adjudged as credible because the process was not tampered with and the result reflected the will of the people.

According to him, it is the first time everybody including the civil society groups agreed that everything went on well.

The security agencies, he said, did not allow thugs to overrun the polling units during the election.

Governor Wike noted that the PDP campaigned from ward to ward and the people resolved to stop Adams Oshiomhole from taking them for granted.

He said if what was witnessed in Edo State continues, then there is hope for healthy democratic practice in Nigeria.

The Governor lamented the impunity exhibited by the Inspector General of Police who ordered him to leave Edo State while his Imo and Kano counterparts were not harassed.

Governor Wike explained that the Inspector General’s role was premeditated because Rivers State Government is challenging the deduction of its revenue by the Federal Government for the Police Trust Fund.

The Governor described Governors as Chief Logistics Officers and not Chief Security Officers.

According to him, Governors do not have control over security in their States because those securing them can be withdrawn at will.

But Ojogor said, “What amuses us is his imperious attitude and recourse to spurious allegations just because of an election. He should know that the people of the Ondo State, who have a history of rejecting external influence and domination, will resist his attempt to play the role of a godfather in Ondo State. Ondo is not Rivers.

“The man ought to know that the utterances of public office holders must be measured and their delivery ought to be in line with the mood of the people. The people of the state will resist Wike here even if has roared elsewhere successfully.”

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