Rivers Election: Wike, Nigerian Army’s War Of Words Gets Messier

The cold war between Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and the Nigerian Army has continued with the Governor declaring that he contested th...

The cold war between Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and the Nigerian Army has continued with the Governor declaring that he contested the 2019 governorship election against the military and won.

Governor Wike declared that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP clearly defeated the General Officer Commanding the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sarham and his political party during the 2019 general elections, saying that the bribery allegation by the embattled GOC is false and a mere face-saving measure.

The Governor spoke during the Valedictory Session of the Rivers State Executive Council.

Governor Wike said that the GOC recently appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Army, but never made such allegation because nothing like that took place.
He reiterated that the GOC runs an oil bunkering scheme, which cannot be swept away by flimsy allegations.

He said: “I thank you for the political support you gave me when there was no hope. At a time when the GOC came to kill Rivers people, but you stood firm to say , you will not agree. Yes he may have killed our people, but we will continue to protect our votes.

“They say they will remove me through the Tribunal, but we defeated them during the elections. If it is to conduct elections, they will never win.

“Someone who says he never met me before and has never been to Government House would say I am fighting him because I tried to bribe him with billions of naira. The GOC has been fully involved in oil bunkering. He should explain his involvement instead of the false allegation.

“The House of Representatives Committee on Army was here , he could not say he was bribed. He is saying this because he is involved in oil bunkering. They know it is correct. Elections that we defeated you and your party, why would I have to pay bribe. We defeated you in that election. The man you have not met, how could he have offered to bribe you?”

The Governor also berated the Director General of NIMASA, Dakuku Peterside for negative comments against the Government and People of Rivers State, “When he is part of the atmosphere of insecurity being fuelled by cultism.”

Recently, the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army denied the involvement of its GOC, Major-General Jamil Sarham, saying the Governor was infuriated because the Army refused to be induced to manipulate the 2019 elections in Rivers State.

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