Governor Wike to African Lawyers: Save Nigerian Democracy

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on African lawyers to work  towards reviving  democracy in Nigeria, saying that the  All Progressives Congress  (APC) has used the  police  to destroy the foundation of democracy.

Governor Wike stated  that the APC is already  laying the structures to rig the 2019 General Elections through the promotion  of indicted police officers.

Speaking  during a State Banquet  for members of the African Bar Association at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday night, Governor Wike stated that the Police High Command has promoted Mr Akin Fakorede, the Rivers State Special Anti-Robbery Squad  (SARS) Commander filmed at a collation centre  rigging election and beating INEC officials .

He added that the Police High Command has also promoted Assistant Commissioner of Police, Steven Hasso for his criminal role in the rigging  of rerun elections on December 10, 2016.

The governor said: “They promised Nigerians Change, but we are seeing nothing. The Former President of Tanzania  by his visit has done us much good by his presence in Nigeria.  Through  him, we will send a message  to the world.

“Democracy  in Nigeria is gone. By 2019, nobody should talk about democracy.  One Mr Akin Fakorede who was caught on video rigging election has been promoted.  Stephen Hasso who was also a culprit  in the rigging of  elections has been promoted.  Both of them are to be positioned in Rivers State for 2019 to help the APC  rig elections “.

Speaking further, Governor Wike said that the APC has made  it a policy to intimidate  and destroy the Judiciary, so that they can consolidate  on their reign of impunity and disregard for the rule of law.

He regretted that the situation has degenerated to the  level that Police has now taken over the duty of INEC by  certifying election results for APC to use at Tribunals.

Governor Wike said that the police  under the present  dispensation  has become a major stumbling  block to the investment drive of the country  as they  deliberately  generate insecurity.

He said: “The police is the  one promoting  crime in Nigeria.  Most of the kidnapping in the country  are done by  the police. We cannot  continue  like this, enough is enough “.

In a remark, Former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Chief Onueze Okocha said that Rivers is peaceful  and always  ready for investors.

Rivers State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Emmanuel Aguma (SAN) lauded Governor Wike for justice sector reforms and the promotion of access to justice.