The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has called on youths of the state to stay back at their polling units and protect their votes during Saturday re-run election, stressing that the devil and its agents will be chased out of the state.
Wike gave the call in Andoni Opobo-Nkoro Local Government Area yesterday while flagging off the rehabilitation of General Hospitals in Opobo, Ngo and the completion of the Ogoni Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road.
He said come Saturday, the people of the state shall “drive Satan, the Lucifer and his devilish agents from Rivers State.
The Governor said, “These are the people who embezzled Rivers money, used the funds to sponsor national politics. Saturday, December 10 is their day of reckoning.
“Satan will disappear from Rivers on Saturday. Why would someone hate his people so much that he teams up with outsiders to cause them pain.”
Wike also berated the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, over its refusal to publicly disclose the list of collation officers that would be used for the election.
He also called on the electorate not to be intimidated by the plot by the police, INEC and APC to use state violence to intimidate voters and cart away election materials.
Wike alleged that INEC was keeping the list of collation officers secret so that it will use APC members for the strategic role.
The Governor urged people of the state not to be intimidated or harassed by security operatives.
According to Wike, “INEC must make the list of collation officers public. No matter what INEC does, the list of collation officers must be known.
“We must remain vigilant. After voting, women should go home, while youths should remain to protect votes at the polling units to the collation centres.
“Youths must wait until the results are announced and party agents in possession of declared results.
“Nobody should intimidate you with security agents. How many persons can they kill? How many people can they beat up? We must defend our votes.”