Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike has denied the allegation that he had a business link with the current Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in the state, Mr Aniedi Ikoiwak, when he was Minister of State for Education.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate for Rivers South East senatorial district election, Magnus Abe, had recently alleged that Mr. Ikoiwak was a contractor in the ministry when Wike was Minister, stressing that he should not be allowed to conduct the rerun elections in the state.
Abe had also accused the REC of allegedly skewing the last rerun elections in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in appreciation to the governor for the alleged contracts he got from him as Minister.
In his reaction, Wike said that the allegations by Abe were tissues of lies, and a clear show of his desperation.
The governor spoke through the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dr Austin Tam-George.
“Faced with his imminent defeat in the forthcoming legislative rerun polls in Rivers State, Senator Abe has started a campaign of calumny and vilification against Governor Wike and INEC officials in Rivers State.
“Abe’s latest allegation that Governor Wike had a previous business relationship with the current INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers State is a grotesque fabrication.
“Governor Wike categorically denies any form of business association with any INEC official, in the past or at present”, Mr. Tam-George said.