Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike has alleged that some political forces were plotting to write the results of the state election in 2023.
Wike while speaking at the funeral service of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in the state, Dr. Ferry Gberegbe cited Imo State as an example of the many plots the forces have successfully executed and vowed that such plots would not materialise in Rivers.
The Governor then challenged the people of the state to get ready to defend their votes during those elections as there are people already boasting of how they would capture the state.
Gberegbe ,the PDP agent in Khana Local Government area during the 2019 governorship election was allegedly killed by FSARS operatives at the Bori collation centre during the polls.
Paying tribute to the deceased,Wike said: “”He (Gberegbe) did not die because of sickness; he did not die because he was doing something illegal. He died in defence of our votes. The only crime he committed was to defend our votes.
‘’It is only in this part of the country that you defend your votes and they say that you have committed an offence. Our friend and brother is gone, but he paid the price for democracy to survive in Nigeria.
‘’He paid for democracy to survive in Rivers State. As for those of us who have that spirit, he has laid the foundation for the defence of democracy.”
Continuing,he said: “I heard someone say two days ago, somebody in China told somebody in Port Harcourt that what happened in Imo State, that is what they will do in 2023.
“They said they will write results and the court will accept the results. I said Rivers State is a different state. If you write results, you face the consequences. I am not worried because these people are always boasting.
“In 2015, they said nobody would be governor; somebody became governor. In 2019, we will see what will happen and you will not even see electoral material, but today, we are governor.
‘’Now, to give their people hope, they are talking of 2023. As a result of this young man, they will not see the Government House in 2023.”