– Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Governor of Rivers state, says that the “negative role” played by the Nigerian Army during the 2019 general elections is the worst in the history of the country.
– He seeks the immediate redeployment of the GOC, Major General Jamil Sarhem.
This happened on Friday, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, when he granted audience to the Nigerian Army Committee on Electoral Violence during the 2019 elections.
The governor alleged that Major General Jamil Sarhem, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division, deliberately perverted the general elections in Rivers State. And has formally requested the Major General to be redeployed.
In the Governor’s words: “Throughout my experience politically, I have never seen the Nigerian Army play the kind of role they played during the last General Elections.
“The Nigerian Army purely made political interferences all through. We will show you the visuals of the roles played by the Nigerian Army.
“If you go to the 6 Division, unless they have moved them out, you will see ballot boxes and electoral materials. The 6 Division served as the take off base for the Electoral Interference.
“We formally request that appropriate sanctions be meted out to the GOC of the 6 Division. It has never happened that the Army Division becomes the operational base of a political party.
“This GOC became actively involved in politics. He has his own Government in Rivers State. He has no respect for civil authority.
“We seek the immediate redeployment of the GOC, Major General Jamil Sarhem. He cannot fight crime. Leaving the GOC here, will be creating more crisis.
“He is here to fight crime and not to play politics. If soldiers fight crime, the way they intervened in last elections, there will be no kidnapper anywhere.
“Elections took place in Rivers State at the polling units. The only LGA where elections did not hold was in Abua/Odual.
“It was during the Collation that operatives of the Nigerian Army interfered. They will invade a Collation Centre, arrest the Electoral Officer, Returning Officer and mercilessly beat up the PDP agents.
“They carted away Form EC 8c for the Governorship election and Form EC 8b for the House of Assembly elections.”
Governor Wike also listed the areas where the Nigerian Army unleashed violence and deaths on the Rivers people, as well as the names of Army personnel who led the operations.