Rivers State Governor and former presidential aspirant, Nyesom Wike has disclosed his recent findings about unhealthy plans by some politicians ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain while speaking during a Sunday night broadcast said he has been informed that some unnamed politicians were recruiting hoodlums to disrupt processes before and during the forthcoming polls.
Wike said the revelation, based on intelligence reports further suggested that some owners of hotels and entertainment spots were renting out their spaces to the unnamed political groups for the gathering of the said thugs across the state.
The governor vowed not to take the intelligence report lightly.
Wike warned that he will not allow any political party, be it PDP, the All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Social Democratic Party (SDP) disrupt the peace of the state.
The governor stressed that his administration will not treat with fairness any politician caught in the act no matter the status of such individual.
Wike said the state will not condone any act of mayhem, thuggery or violence before and during the coming polls.
He said: “Accordingly, we have already alerted and set the security agencies on the trail of these misguided politicians and leaders of political parties and stop them in their tracks with the full weight of the law.
“We also wish to warn owners of hotels and proprietors of relaxation centres to take notice and desist from releasing their facilities for politicians and party leaders to use to meet and plot against the peace, safety and security of our State.”
Wike reiterated his administration’s “unwavering commitment to safeguarding the sanctity of lives and property throughout the State and to reassure everyone that we shall continue to spare no effort to keep Rivers State safe and secure.
“We urge residents to be vigilant while going about with their normal activities and promptly report any suspicious gatherings or movements in your vicinity to the attention of the security agencies for necessary action.”
“These are very turbulent times in our country as the level of insecurity across all parts has never been this bad. The state government and security agencies have laboured hard to secure the prevailing peace we are determined to sustain for the progress of the State and wellbeing of citizens.”