Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has raised an alarm over what he described as fake electoral materials allegedly printed at a private printing press in Port Harcourt by the chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor, at a joint press conference addressed with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders in the state at the government house, Port Harcourt yesterday, claimed that large volume of printed electoral materials for the House of Assembly, House of Representatives and Senate were found at a private printing press located at Isiokpo street in Port Harcourt.
The governor, who displayed video clips of the fake printed electoral materials to reporters during the press conference, said he got wind of the fake materials which comprised of ballot papers and result sheets a long time ago, but waited for the appropriate time to burst the syndicate.
Wike said the purported fake ballot papers and other electoral materials were printed for all the polling units in the eight local government areas, where the re-run election would be conducted by INEC.
He accused the police of shielding those arrested over the fake electoral materials from being prosecuted.
The governor also accused the police of planning to destroy the evidence of fake electoral materials.
He also accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of conniving with the APC to rig the forthcoming re-run election.
He warned that the people of the state would resist any plot to rig the election.
The spokesman of the APC in the state, Chris Finebone, said no member of the party was involved in the alleged printing of the fake ballot papers.
He accused Governor Wike and the PDP of planting incriminating materials in the houses of the APC members with the intention of arresting and prosecuting them.
When contacted, the Rivers State Police Command’s spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, said he was not aware of the arrested fake ballot material printer. He said the press would be briefed on the matter later.