FG has arranged with Lebanese to frame me on illegal arms purchase ahead of 2019 – Wike alleges
– Rivers state governor alleged that the federal government has connived with a Lebanese to frame him on illegal arms purchase ahead of the 2019 elections
– He also claimed that the federal government is planning to sponsor crisis in Rivers state during the elections
– He, however, boasted that he will win even if elections are held 20,000 times
Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has alleged that the APC-led federal government has contacted a Lebanese who has been directed to claim that he received money from him (Rivers state governor) to procure arms for the 2019 elections.
Speaking during a Thanksgiving Service in honour of the chairman of Rivers State Local Government Service Commission, Chief Azubuike Nmerukini on Sunday, June 10, at the St Thomas Anglican Church, Diobu, Governor Wike alleged that the federal government has entered a devious mode where it believes that framing opponents will enhance its political fortunes, The Independent reports.
He noted that initially, Nigerians thought he was playing politics until former President Olusegun Obasanjo revealed details of how the federal government plans to frame him up.
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“The federal government has arranged with a Lebanese to say that I told him to buy arms for the purpose of the forthcoming elections.
“I am not close to any Lebanese, let alone give money to anyone to buy arms for elections. We have dutifully served our people and we don’t need to purchase arms for elections.
“If elections are held 20, 000 times, we will win because our projects have positively impacted the lives of our people.”
He further alleged that the federal government is also planning to sponsor crisis in Rivers state ahead of the 2019 elections for the state’s election to be postponed.
“They plan to cause so many crises in the state so that Rivers election is held on a separate date. Their plot will fail. Rivers election will hold same day with that of other states,” he said.
On the Thanksgiving service, Governor Wike thanked God for preserving the life of Chief Nmerukini.
Earlier, Chief Azubuike Nmerukini, the chairman of Rivers State Local Government Service Commission, said that he was in church with his family to thank God for surviving a major surgery.
Recall that Wike had previously alleged that there are plans by the federal government to assassinate him in a crowd and claim accidental discharge.
The governor while speaking at the third year anniversary thanksgiving service of his administration at the Living Faith Church in Port Harcourt on Sunday, May 20, said there were intelligence reports available to support his claims.
Wike, however, said no level of intimidation by the All Progressives Congress or the federal government would deter him from carrying out his responsibility as the governor of Rivers state.
While reacting to the assassination claim, the federal government, through the minister of information, Lai Mohammed, denied the allegations and told the governor to thank his stars that he enjoys immunity from prosecution.
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