SaharaReporters has obtained an exclusive audio of a telephone conversation between 2 PDP Governors, Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and his counterpart in Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, in which both men discussed Mr Wike’s sharp manoeuvres and mocking of the Nigerian Army during the December 10, 2016, rerun of legislative elections in Rivers State.
The 2 PDP governors can be heard having an excited conversation in the leaked telephone conversation about how Governor Wike stormed a collation centre during the election. The tone of the exchanges makes it clear that Governor Wike’s aim was to manipulate the results of the elections in favour of his candidates. In a tone that shows how he outmanoeuvred the Nigerian Army, Wike declares in the conversation that, “Nigeria Army does not exist again.”
Recall that a telephone conversation was obtained and released by SaharaReporters which exposed Governor Wike discussing the bribe he gave to unscrupulous officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who consented to help rig the elections in the state.
Mr Wike’s aides initially denied the authenticity of the scandalous audiotape. However, as it became undeniable that the voice belonged to him, the governor sought to deflect public attention by setting up a panel ostensibly to probe the cause, source and nature of widespread violence that marked the national and state legislative elections in the state.
Governor Wike also set up his probe after the Nigerian police had composed a panel charged with examining issues arising from the rerun elections. Those issues include establishing the authenticity or otherwise of leaked telephone conversations in which the governor discussed his payment to electoral officials.