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Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers State, has alleged that the federal government is only choosing Vice Chancellors who will aid the All Progressives Congress (APC) in rigging the 2023 elections.
Wike said that only academics who agree to nominate politically exposed lecturers as returning officers in order to rig elections for the APC are appointed as Vice Chancellors of federal universities.
He did, however, warn Vice-Chancellors and academics that anybody planning to rig elections in Rivers State would be regarded as coup plotters.
Kelvin Ebiri, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, said in a statement in Port Harcourt, stated that Wike made the during the foundation laying ceremony for the construction of 9200 capacity ultramodern convocation arena of the University of Port Harcourt by the Rivers State government on Tuesday.
Wike said it is worrisome that Nigeria has degenerated to the point where politicians now influence who becomes a Vice-Chancellor of a federal government for the purposes of rigging elections.
He said: “Let me warn, not one person will dare to rig election in Rivers State. Not one person will dare it. I have told people, allow the university community to produce those who will be leaders of this country.
“Don’t turn university community to be where you will have politicians who manipulate and change the mandate of the people. Anybody who does that, you know it is a coup and you know the punishment for coup plotters.”