Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has narrated how the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, attempted to send him out from Edo State on the eve of the September 19 governorship election in the state.
Wike made this known while appearing on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Friday. He said he received a call from IGP Adamu, ordering him to leave the state before the commencement of the election.
The governor said he, however, challenged the police boss on why he asked him to leave Edo but ignored the presence of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State in the state.
Wike was the chairman of the national governorship campaign council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo, while Ganduje occupied the same position for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election.
The governor said, “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. What surprised me was why should I leave Edo State? I am the chairman of the campaign council and the chairman does not mean that after the campaign, you leave. No, you must monitor what is going on so that at the end of the day, you would be able to write your report.”
According to Wike, IGP Adamu’s problem with him was not particularly related to the election but said that rather the police chief was angry with him because he had challenged alleged illegal deductions of the Rivers State financial allocation to the Police Trust Fund.
“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,” said the governor.
Meanwhile, the candidate of the PDP in the Edo governorship election, Godwin Obaseki, had defeated Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu who contested the election on the platform of the APC.
Obaseki had thanked Wike for helping him plot the strategy that led to his victory under the PDP after he was denied the governorship ticket of the APC.
“After I was pushed out of my former party, this house was the first place I sought solace. You took me in as a brother, out of the storm, changed my clothes, and gave me food to eat,” he said.
“It was in this house, the campaign council met to work out the key strategies that led us to victory. You mobilised people across the country. You moved to Benin, went through the humiliation and attacks. You supported us and we won.
“It will be a sin against God if we do not come to say thank you. Even if the victory we are celebrating is from God. He has used people like you to make it happen,” Obaseki was quoted to have said when he paid a thank you visit to the Rivers State governor.”
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