Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, has
debunked Governor Nyesom Wike’s
allegations that it is planning to rig the upcoming rerun election in Rivers.Governor
Wike had earlier accused the electoral body, police and All Progressives
Congress (APC) of planning to manipulate the results of the poll.
According to Punch, Yakubu also described the Rivers state Governor’s
allegations as baseless.
The INEC Chairman also called on Wike to let the relevant security agencies
conclude their investigation.
Yakubu, speaking through his Press Secretary, Rotimi Oyekanmi, said
“Governor Wike’s allegations are baseless and unfortunate. INEC is a
responsible organisation that takes its responsibilities very seriously.
“The commission could not have been aware of such a criminal act.
I will advise the governor to stop throwing stones at INEC at the slightest
Adding that “Well, we believe that the Nigeria Police have competent
officers who will investigate this development and bring all the culprits to
“It is too early for anybody to draw conclusions. We should allow the
Police to complete their investigation.
“INEC wants the case thoroughly investigated and the culprits and their
Also reacting to the allegations, the Rivers state Police Public Relations
Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said “The police have always
embraced professional standards in carrying out their duty. We have not
colluded or think of colluding with INEC, any person or group of persons to rig
The Rivers state chapter of the APC has also debunked Governor Nyesom Wike’s allegations