Barely nine days to the 2015 General Election in Nigeria, politicians and their cohorts have continued to adopt different gimmicks to ensure success during the elections. According to the latest news coming from Rivers State, the state’s Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC has alleged that efforts are being made by President Goodluck Jonathan to use a top official of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC and the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) to rig the forthcoming general elections in the State.
In a press statement issued Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the party alleged that NDDC Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Dr. Henry Ogiri, has been directed by President Jonathan to work closely with Rivers REC, Mrs. Gesila Khan, to ensure that Jonathan wins on March 28 while Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Chief Nyesom Wike, wins on April 11.
The statement reads: “Acting according to the script, Dr Ogiri has purchased a brand new Prado Jeep for Mrs. Gesila Khan and the Jeep is currently parked at the village of Mrs. Khan in Ogbia, Bayelsa State. In addition, Dr Ogiri has set aside a whopping sum of $100 million to be deposited into the account of Mrs. Khan before the week runs off. To perfect the plans of winning Rivers State at all costs, Mrs. Khan, who is from President Jonathan’s village and his very close relation, was deliberately posted to Rivers recently to ensure that PDP wins the State despite having been overwhelmingly rejected by our people. For INEC to post President Jonathan’s kinswoman to supervise the elections in Rivers State, which he has personally confessed neglecting deliberately in his six years in office, simply betrays the Presidency’s desperation to rig the elections as PDP can never win any free and fair polls in Rivers State”, Rivers APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya said.
“We will like the security organs to investigate this woman and retrieve this car and expose Dr Ogiri for what he is. This is a man who has failed to pay NDDC staff for months and has also failed to pay contractors for services rendered to the commission, while funds are reserved for use in rigging the 2015 elections for PDP”, Ikanya added.