There is looming danger in the coming weeks in Rivers State as the electorate prepare for the legislative election rerun slated for December 10 by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
This is as the minster for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that he would match the state governor ‘threat for threat and intimidation for intimidation’.
The first attempt by INEC to conduct the rerun election in the state virtually turned the state into a war zone while a second attempt was postponed over fears of violence, before the electoral body was armtwisted to fix the December date.
Indications that the rescheduled election would not be any different became apparent after INEC announced the new date, with the state Governor, Nyesom Wike announcing that the people of the state would not allow any form of rigging, warning INEC not to collude with the All Progressives Congress, APC to sabotage the will of the people.
Threatning to win all the seats up for grabs at all costs, Wike’s main rival and former boss, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, also said he would match the state governor ‘threat for threat and intimidation for intimidation’.
Speaking at a rally in Berra, Gokana Local Government Area of the state, Ameachi said the APC will match whatever antics and strategies deployed by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and Governor Wike during the exercise.
Calling Wike a thug who is not fit for governance, the former Rivers governor insisted that the APC will not take security for granted like it did in previous elections in the state.
Amaechi said: “If there is one place APC shouldn’t campaign, it is Ogoniland but Wike said he must win here.
“It is not as if he is God. Only God can say that but since he is not God, he will fail.
“Wike can never be God. The battle is not in Ogoniland but in the Ikwerre and Ahoada axis.
“So he had better forget here (Ogoniland). He said he will deploy everything.
“Anything he wants to deploy let him deploy, we will deploy our own.”
Continuing, Amaechi said: “If Wike likes, let him come out. At all times he had come out I used to ask does this man remember that he is a governor?
“It is only a thug that can stand in front of a Judge’s gate to be struggling with security men, only a thug.
“A governor will go back to his house and call the President. When SSS invaded the presidential lounge of Akwa Ibom state government, what the governor did was to call the President.
“Instead of Wike to call the President, he was struggling with security men.
“In all the fight I had with the federal government under former President Jonathan, nobody saw me physically battling with anybody”, Amaechi stated.
Charging APC members not to succumb to threats, the minister said: “I will urge all of you if anybody threaten you, please threaten back because all Wike does is to come on the radio and you are scared.
“What are you scared of? ‘Oh they are rigging, oh I will you kill John,‘ ‘I will kill you this and that’. He will kill nobody”, Amaechi declared.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews…
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