The Rivers State chapter of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has raised an alarm over the arrest of 21 ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who took part in the December 10, 2016 legislative re-run election in the state.
This came a day after a 15-man panel setup by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to investigate the alleged violence in the re-run election visited Governor Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt.
Those allegedly arrested served in the areas where candidates of the PDP won. They were initially detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
INEC’s ad-hoc were transferred to Abuja on Thursday at noon and were allegedly forced to confess that they received money from Wike, the PDP, and its candidates.
Already, the Police and the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have linked the victory of the PDP in the election to the bribery of the INEC personnel.
A source who alleged that there are plans to arrest more people with a view to parading them during a press conference that will be organised by the Police High Command, in conjunction with the top leaders of the APC.
The Media Adviser to the Rivers PDP Chairman, Mr. Jerry Needam, said that what has happened is a confirmation of the fact that the Police Committee led by Mr. Damain Okoro, is on a witch-hunt mission against Wike, the PDP and its candidates who won the re-run election.
According to him, the Police authorities have made no pretence about their biased role on issues surrounding the exercise in the state.
He said the recent action is evidenced by the premature sack of six of the policemen attached to the governor and their refusal to question the conduct of Mr. Akin Fakorede during the election.
Needam said that what worries PDP is what the activities of the security operatives portend for democracy and the image of the Police and other security forces who swore oath of allegiance of neutrality.
He lamented that it is unfortunate that the Police under Idris, had abandoned their constitutional responsibilities and turned into a security arm of the APC.