Rotimi Amaechi denies role in ‘hijacked’ Ikwerre results

The Minister for Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has denied allegations that his actions led to the non-declaration of results in Ikwerre and Emohua Local government Areas.

Mr. Amaechi said the Independent National Electoral Commission should be allowed to announce results when it is ready.

Ikwerre and Emohua are two of eight LGAs that constitute Rivers East senatorial district.

While the results of six LGAs have been announced, with PDP winning all, there are uncertainties over the results of Ikwerre and Emohua LGAs.

Governor Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party accused Mr. Amaechi of using the Army and the Police to hijack Ikwerre results on Saturday night.

For Emohua, the governor and his spokesperson, Franklin Oraye, separately said that the military had taken over the collation centre to “concoct fake results”.

They said Mr. Amaechi, the APC leader, is being aided by the military and policemen as well as INEC to tamper with original results from the two LGAs in order to overturn PDP’s lead in the six LGAs already announced.

But Mr. Amaechi, Monday, told PREMIUM TIMES, the allegations against him were false.

He said INEC should be accorded the liberty to announce results freely, saying that Mr. Wike has no right to decide when INEC should release results.

Mr. Amaechi spoke through his spokesperson, David Iyiofor.

“The Minister is not aware of what Wike is talking about,” Mr. Iyiofor said in a text message.

“Wike must allow INEC to collate and announce the results of the rerun elections. As governor, Wike cannot be INEC or dictate to INEC how and when to announce election results.

“It’s sad, very sad that Wike is desecrating the office of the governor of Rivers State with all these spurious and silly allegations,” he said.

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