FUTILE CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY AGAINST RIVERS STATE AND HER PEOPLE
Each time you read a report from the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal, look out closely for the futile attempt and ungodly conspiracy by Federal Government agencies to create the wrong impression about the governorship election on April 11.
So far, the highest echelon of the Nigerian Army and the Department of State Services ( DSS ) have been involved in this show of shame. In case you still don’t understand, the dissemination of all the reports that have excluded cross examination of witnesses have been the responsibility of another Federal Government agency, the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN ).
This is the ungodly circle of conspiracy with the mandate of a higher authority (use your tongue to count your teeth) to spread lies, falsehood, half truths and misleading information to the Nigerian Public.
These Federal Conspirators placed at the beck and call of the Rivers State APC must realise that they are funded by the people and have no reason to so obviously be partisan in a pedestrian manner.
Well meaning Nigerians should demand from the Nigerian Army and the DSS the reports they wrote on the Rivers State Governorship Election immediately after the election. It is ridiculous that the Army and the DSS would come to the tribunal under subpoena to spread beer parlour gossip. It is embarrassing that the representatives of the Chief of Army Staff and that of the Director General of the DSS stressed that all testimonies they gave, they heard from third parties. None of them witnessed any malpractice, neither did they aid the PDP to commit.
None of them had the courage to tender before the tribunal any documentary evidence in form of a report they wrote at the time the election held. They all said that the reports that differed from their testimonies were withheld by their superiors.
As for the nollywood actor from INEC in Rivers State who was personally subpoenaed by his co-conspirators and sponsors, his credibility can only be equated to that of a roadside traitor. Here was a man who accompanied three national commissioners on brief stopovers at different local government areas, but only returned to pen down fiction which he sold to the desperate Rivers APC politicians who stole Rivers State blind. Of course, this unreliable witness must be smiling to the bank.
It is regrettable that the nation's security agencies under this dispensation have been reduced to gossip centres. How on earth can the Army and DSS officials mount the witness box only to rehash what someone told them. Under cross examination, all of them denied ever participating or seeing anyone committing electoral fraud in Rivers State on April 11.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Rivers State APC alleged that the PDP won the election because they were aided by soldiers, policemen, DSS operatives and other security agencies to cart away election materials, engage in illegal thumb printing of ballot papers and generally subvert the electioneering process. These allegations have been firmly denied by all these security agencies while testifying at the Tribunal. That is the crux of the matter.
Contrary to the false propaganda being circulated by NAN, the people spoke their mind. This aspect is what NAN under directive is keeping away from Nigerians. What NAN is doing is a disservice to the nation, denying the people the right to balanced reportage, despite being funded by the tax payers.
The truth so far is that no single serious documentary evidence has been tendered by the Rivers State APC since they commenced their charade. They have simply stuck to gossips in uniform who merely peddle hearsay like low class traders in a noisy marketplace. So much noise and propaganda, but no substance.
Those who assist NAN to circulate falsehood and concocted half truths on the happenings at the Rivers State Governorship Election Tribunal must realise that propaganda has a life span.
You may wonder why we continue to draw attention to these criminal actions by some misguided security agents compelled by their superiors to jump into the arena of politics? No matter the tricks adopted by lying liars and corrupt hypocrites, we owe the society the obligation to blow their cover.
Written by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant (Media) to the Rivers State Governor.