Labour Party on Saturday night raised the alarm that the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, was allegedly influencing results of the presidential and National Assembly elections held in the state.
The party made this allegation in a Twitter post, alleging that Wike was influencing results in favour of All Progressives Congress in his village, Rumueme.
The LP also stated that Obi had a large chunk of the votes in the South-South state, as results so far from Rivers had put the LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in the lead.
The post read, “This is from a returning officer with INEC. Rumueme 7A 034, Gov. Wike’s Village. Wike is at the rec centre to influence results in favour of APC. Obi won hands down in Rivers.”
But the Peoples Democratic Party in a swift reaction debunked the allegations, describing them as baseless.
Defending the governor, the Director, Publicity and Communications, Rivers State PDP Campaign Council, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke, in a statement on Sunday, described the allegation by Labour Party as baseless.
Nwuke said, “This is all nonsense! Governor Nyesom Wike does not own INEC and urges the Labour Party to show proof of its allegations.
“Similarly, he cannot stop staff of the commission from carrying out their legitimate function. INEC on its part has not issued any statement suggesting that its staff are being harassed. So, where are these unverified allegations coming from?
“We are tired of listening to baseless claims that are not backed by verifiable facts. Those who are accusing Governor Nyesom Wike of attempting to suppress votes should show verifiable proof.
“They have neither provided pictorial or video evidence of the governor in any INEC facility nor shown audio proof of the governor engaging INEC officials to justify their spurious claims.
“Governor Wike knows the implication of doing such a thing. Let me say emphatically that Wike will never do such a thing. This is all trash.”