Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike says the audio clip circulated in the online media that he was threatening to kill an INEC staff was sponsored by the All Progressives Congress, APC.
He said the move was to divert public attention from the alleged massive electoral fraud by INEC, Police and Military killings that marred the rerun elections.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State, Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, said that the Governor said the audio clip was fabricated using audio software, pointing out that he never spoke with any electoral officer or anyone for that matter, either in person or over the phone seeking to influence the elections.
The governor spoke on Thursday night during an interactive session with national correspondents in Port Harcourt.
He said: “When you look at certain things, you just laugh. At no time did I speak to any electoral officer, let alone issue threats to any electoral officer.
“There is nowhere I spoke to an electoral officer, threatening him or her as the case maybe. I never spoke with anybody, I never threatened anybody. Nobody can say that he sat with me or that I threatened him or how. Let any electoral officer come forward to say that Ì call him or her on phone.
“I never spoke to anybody. It is totally not correct. The major issue is , did the police participate in rigging election? Did the Army participate in rigging election? Did INEC compromise? The police is denying somebody that was captured on video. That is what they are trying to cover up”.
The governor said: “Face the reality and stop chasing shadows. Let them show me. What is audio clip? What can’t this government do? I don’t have an orderly, I don’t have a Chief Security Officer, I don’t have a camp Commandant. All were taken away before the election. “
The governor stated that rather than bring the SARS Commander, Mr Akin Fakorede to justice for his criminal activities captured on video during the rerun elections, the Police Authorities have arrested the policemen who accompanied him to stop Akin Fakorede from swapping Rivers East Senatorial District results sheet.
“They have now arrested and detained the policemen who accompanied me to the collation centre to stop that criminal. Even Akin Fakorede who was caught on video , has been released so that police can bungle it.
“What kind of country is this? And you are telling me that they are circulating a contrived audio clip. You caught a man on camera committing crime, but you have swept it under the carpet “, Governor Wike said.