Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged efforts being by President Goodluck Jonathan to use a top official of the Niger Delta Development Coommission (NDDC) and the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) to rig the forthcoming general elections in the state.
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, Gesila Khan, to ensure that Jonathan won on March 28 while People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Nyesome Wike, won on April 11.
Rivers APC Chairman, Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya said Ogiri had purchased a new luxury vehicle for Khan, which was currently parked at the village of 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 Khan.
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“To perfect the plans of winning Rivers State at all costs, 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,” said Ikanya.
He added, “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.”
Ikanya said that the strategy of compromising INEC to pave the way for the use of the allegedly missing 14 000 PVCs and PDP’s cloned cards was coming after PDP failed to wear down Rivers APC through the killing and detaining of several of its members.
“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.”
PDP had not commented on the allegations.