Wike Allegedly Offers Telecom Officials $400,000 To Wipe Off Record Of Leaked Audio
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has reportedly offered $200,000 each to top officials of two Telecommunications Companies, whose networks was used in a leaked audio conversation involving him and some other members of the Peoples Democratic Party in River State.
The audio of a telephone conversation the governor had with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), where he was arranging payment to the officials in exchange for their help in rigging the recently concluded legislative elections in the state leaked some some days ago.
At one point in the conversation, Wike voiced his intent to kill the official if he refused to play ball, stating that the man would not leave Rivers State alive.
Although the governor has since denied the audio, saying he did not have any conversation of such, a very reliable source close to Governor who does not want to be named said he is doing all he can do delete records of the conversation.
A meeting between the governor and officials of the two telecom coys the source said held at the government house in Porthacourt, Rivers state capital on Friday.
Wike is said to have prevailed on the officials to clear and wipe out from their systems the records of the leaked audio where the Governor was caught compromising the electoral process of the Rivers State December 10, 2016 and threatening officials with death.
The governor according to the source offered the two officials the sum of $200,000 dollars each. One of the officials the source added had already agreed to the offer and is persuading the other one to also accept.
The source revealed that the Governor made three demands; firstly that the information should be cleared from their records, secondly the registration name attached to the various numbers used for the calls should be substituted with other names who have no links with Rivers State and the Governor; and thirdly, the line should be blocked and deactivated from their systems.
SaharaReporters had in an earlier report revealed the identity of the parties involved in the leaked audio.
According to the report, the first person to come on the telephone call to Governor Wike was Dumnamene Dekor, a former Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly. He was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who contested but lost the Khana/Gokhana Federal constituency seat in the House of Representatives to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“In the intercepted telephone call, Governor Wike addresses Mr. Dekor as “Dum Dekor.” The former Deputy Speaker was the one heard in the telephone conversation talking about moving INEC materials to a “Rack Center.”
He, however, complained about intimidation by security agencies, a complaint that so infuriated Governor Wike that he threatened to kill the INEC officers he had bribed to facilitate rigging in the election.”
“Our investigator also found out that the only female voice in the telephone conversation was Betty Apiafi, a PDP member of the House of Representatives representing Abua-Odua/Ahoada East Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. Ms. Apiafi could be heard complaining about the lack of funding to bribe more INEC officers and youths to do Governor Wike’s bidding.”
“A source in Rivers State disclosed that Ms. Apiafi was handed the task of offering a N5 million bribe to each electoral officer.
In the leaked conversation with the governor, she complained that she had run out of money.”
“Another key player in the telephone call is Owolobi Ofori, aka “Owoh.”
“SaharaReporters learned that Mr. Ofori serves as Governor Wike’s domestic aide. Several sources in Rivers State identified him as the person the governor entrusts with dirty and sometimes deadly tasks. They added that Mr. Ofori liaises with gangs and armed cultists in the state, often taking funds from the governor to them. He and Ms. Apiafi hail from the same local government of Abua-Odua.”
SaharaReporters added that since the audio leaked, the governor and his aides have been running helter-skelter in an attempt to deflect attention from the criminal electoral scandal.
“He led a protest march to the police headquarters in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State. He later invited a few bloggers and journalists to a meeting and enlisted them to claim that the leaked audio was a product of voice altering software.”