The National campaign chairman of the People’s Democractic Party and the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has attributed the victory of his party, PDP, to the visa ban threat by the foreign countries.
In the view of the governor, the threat to ban visa of any politician found guilty of rigging elections or tries violence by the US and UK government, played an important role in the Edo State governorship election.
Wike disclosed this in an interview on Sunrise Daily of channels TV, on friday, stating that the threat restores the sanity of everyone, making them act appropriately.
He said; “One thing that played out and which I noticed was the role of the international community. For example, the US, the UK came out and said that there would be a visa ban if anybody tries anything in terms of violence or rigging and they have gone further to ban some governors,”
“Everybody was being careful, saying, I don’t want to have any problem, I don’t want my children and family to have any problem. We all go to the UK everytime.
“Infact they should even go further, not only politicians, but security agencies, then you’ll see everybody will sit up and say look, I cannot jeopardize the future of my children and mine, simply because you want me to rig the election, so it’s very key”.
Speaking further on his role in the electoral victory, the governor stated that he never had any special role in the said election, he further attributed the success to the joint efforts of the PDP governors, in the likes of Oyo state and Delta state governors.
He also emphasized the role of the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, saying he (Adamu), tried forcing him (Wike) to desert the state during the election.
“First of all, the IG’s role as far as I’m concerned as it relates to me, has to do with someone who has had a premeditated view about me because the IG never saw me outside. I was inside my room and I got a call from the IG, that I must leave Edo State,” he said.
“What surprised me was that I am the Chairman of the campaign council so why should I leave. And as chairman you must monitor what is going on so that at the end of the day, you’ll be able to write your report to the party,” he explained.
According to him, the IGP’s action had nothing to do with the election but rather it was based on a personal vendetta.
“I discovered that the IG’s own had nothing to do with the election because I remembered that some time ago my commissioner returned to me from a FAAC meeting and said there were deductions made to the Police Trust Fund.
“I asked who approved it because the police are under the exclusive list and not the concurrent list. I told my attorney-general to challenge it. This angered the IG,” Wike explained.
The Rivers State Governor, however, commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for their role in ensuring a credible election.
He further expressed convidence in PDP emerging victorious in the Ondo state governorship election in October, if the same process is replicated by INEC.