Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has chastised the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tonye Cole, for approaching the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to demand for materials used for the just concluded governorship election in the State.
Wike, at the inauguration of the Government Secondary School in Kpor Community of Gokana Local Government Area on Tuesday, stated that Tonye Cole lost the governorship election fair and square.
He wondered why the APC candidate is hell-bent on collecting the certified true copies (CTC) of electoral materials.
Governor Wike described the show by Tonye Cole as desperation – by not allowing his lawyers to do their duties.
“Have you seen where a candidate is going to INEC to collect certified true copies (CTC)? What are your lawyers doing? What are your agents doing? These are the duties of lawyers. What CTC do you want to collect?
“Can’t people see the truth of the matter? You’ve lost the election. Even if they cancel the election 25 thousand times in this State, you cannot win us (PDP) in this State. Let the truth be told.”
Governor Wike said already proactive measures are taken to ensure that APC is not allowed the liberty to repeat what it did in 2015 when it manipulated the Nigeria Police to tender results at the tribunal that truncated the will of the people.
The governor reiterated that APC as a political party is dead in Rivers State and, therefore, cannot win any election.
According to him, this was manifested in the last election as Tonye Cole could not win any legislative seat for his party.
Governor Wike boasted that everybody knows who was behind the bulk vote that Bola Tinubu got from Rivers State, and he owes nobody any apology for supporting the emergence of a southern presidency.
“How can people say that they rigged you? You said you made your presidential candidate to win. Your presidential candidate won, but you don’t get one senate (seat). What kind of winning is that?”
Inaugurating the project, Benue Governor Ortom commended Governor Wike for sustaining his delivery of quality projects, working in synergy with his cabinet, and positively impacting Rivers people.
According to him, the magnificent edifice of Government Secondary School, Kpor, will be a very conducive learning place for students who will be well moulded to become the kind of future leaders the country requires.