Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State was caught on tape as he held a telephone with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), political thugs, youth groups and community representatives handpicked by him. In the telephone conversations, exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters, Gov. Wike was arranging payments to the officials in exchange for their help in rigging the recently concluded legislative elections in the state.

The telephone conversations revealed the governor arranging with INEC officials, particularly those sent from Anambra and Plateau State who were paid in batches to rig the election for candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Etche, Khana, Ikwerre and other key local government areas in the state where Wike and his boasted they would overwhelm opponents with violence.

One of Mr. Wike’s phone calls went to a female operator, Betty Apiafi, a member of the Nigerian house of representatives who was complaining that the money offered by the governor was not sufficient for the rigging task. An infuriated Governor Wike told the woman that he had already paid the electoral coordinator for Plateau State. Betty bitterly complained that her people needed more money for the bloody task, saying things were tight. Wike asked her to come see him to pick up more funds.

At one point in the conversation, when Governor Wike was told that one of the electoral officers was reluctant to sign off on one of the result sheets, the governor threatened to demand his money back from the recalcitrant official. Then, as if not satisfied with his threat to collect back his money, Mr. Wike voiced his intent to kill a group of election officials from Plateau state, stating that they would not leave Rivers State alive.

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The transcript below is the listening guide to the audio, the Youtube version uploaded above is subtitled in English

Governor Wike’s Domestic Aide -Owolobi “Owoh” Ofori

 

Yes

 

I've met Bello, met Opipa

 

They have discussed

 

Saying, when you get there

 

You should let them know, they will come

 

No problem

 

You should discuss

 

No wait

 

Hello

 

I can hear you

 

Sir?

 

Owoh: You know, when I come in tomorrow, we will see

 

I don't know when I will come; that’s the problem

 

Go ahead with the mobilization, like I told you

 

On Saturday morning, Yeah?

 

All the Central Wards

 

It’s only us running an election

 

So make sure we mobilize all the youth  from the Central Ward

 

We have at least a thousand...

 

About 1,500 youths.....

Okay, no problem sir

 

That will come out

 

Okay, I will touch different villages now

 

Yes, mobilize them

 

Anyway they go, follow them to march

 

Okay

 

You understand?

 

By the time they see that we outnumber them 10 to 1

 

There's nothing they can do

 

That's true

 

So go and talk to the youth

 

I don't know how much you will give each community

 

Think about it

 

Give all the youth...

 

All the youth groups in the community

 

So that they will all come out on saturday morning

 

Okay sir

 

You hear me?

 

Think about it

 

Now, now, now oh...

 

10:33 we're moving now

 

Governor Nyesom Wike: Hello

 

You Excellency sir, good evening sir

 

What’s your position?

 

Eh....

 

I'm.... at Eleme trying to cut out into Port Harcourt, Sir

 

I'm asking you what position you're in, you say...

Port Harcourt

 

Okay... i thought you were asking where i was

 

We're..... We have started our mobilization sir

 

The usual recruitment of boys and all that

 

We are also working on that too

 

So if they do proper election, you will win? 

 

Yes sir

 

Okay....mobilize the people

 

..mobilize them... whatever they want,

we'll give to them

 

 

Hello?

 

Hello sir

 

Yes

 

Where are they

 

Okay i saw him this evening

 

Because they were in the situation room

 

So he couldn't come out

 

So he now gave me three...

 

Coordinators....of the zones that are coming

 

So they texted me, they said they're coming

 

Tomorrow evening on Monday morning

 

So we agreed to see....in Port Harcourt

 

Coordinators of what?

 

 

You know the E.O's (Electoral Officers ) That are coming,

are coming from three zones

 

Three zones....

 

So the people coordinating the three of them

 

The three.... all of them

 

Three of them

 

The one from Anambra

 

North east

 

Eh... South east and eh...

 

Plateau

 

The three of them... They texted me

 

We made contact, so we'll talk more when we get to Port Harcourt

 

So that they can assemble the others

 

For us to meet

 

Ok

 

Hello

 

Hello sir

 

...Have you called the person

 

yes, the first one will soon be here

 

What?

 

The first people will soon be here

 

The first group

 

Aaahh okay...

 

Who's the second group

 

Eh...Shettima

 

Thats the Plateau?

 

Yes the Plateau... (₦8m)..,(₦8m).. then (₦7m)

 

Then you will have eh...

 

When you start...

 

You will add (₦5m) for him like we

did with the other people

 

Yes sir

 

Anyway, when you've done that, you

should call me

 

Okay sir

 

Hello?

 

Hello sir we've finished and all of them

have gone home

 

The.... all the town groups

 

All of them

 

Did they say anything?

 

Are they happy?

 

Too happy

 

The last one came with who?

 

He came with four people

 

Those ones took time and put them in the

boxes for them

 

And carried it

 

Came with the four people who are part of them?

 

Part of his group..., yes

 

The Anambra person, yes

 

Okay, no problem, you people should wait till I'm coming

 

Alright sir

 

Betty Apiafi: Hello?

 

Owoh: Hello ma

 

But there's money that oga was giving today

 

And you didn't come and all the people i saw

 

I don't know, maybe...

 

He didn't tell me to come now...

 

Can you tell him...

 

This one is private, i said let me

 

Let me give you the phone

 

Is he there?

 

He is, he's eating

 

Let me give him the phone

 

Now I wanted to tell you..

 

Things are really tight

 

He gave some people about (₦5m).., (₦10m)..

 

Different stakeholders

 

I was wondering, that you left early, that’s why

 

My brother how will i do it now

 

Just hold on, hold on... let me tell him

 

Okay

 

Hello

 

Sir, i didn't see anything for A.E.O's

 

Governor Nyesom Wike: No, no, no, They've given them

 

I told them not to bother

 

Its tight, please give us more

 

Madam what we did was the...

 

Infact it's the proof

 

( Inaudible )

 

The equilution

 

We don't need to give those ones

 

We don't need to E.O's (Electoral Officers)

 

You understand what i'm saying

 

What we held...

 

What we did was we wanted to help the main elections

 

Because of our people

 

Our boys

 

Things are tight

 

But you only have one ward

 

What about the people who have four wards

 

My local government seven

 

Seven wards?

Yes sir

 

How many units down?

 

35

 

Me i have 55 units

 

Yes

 

Me i have 65

 

But oga i have 7 wards

 

Sometimes 65 units can be one ward

 

Well..

 

Let's see what we can do

 

Owoh will call you back

 

Find small thing and give Owoh for me, please

 

Owoh will call you back

 

Okay sir, thank you sir

 

Hello sir

 

My Brother good evening

 

Evening....how work sir?

 

I dey ...it is Dum Deekor

 

yea

 

Oga was trying to reach you

 

I dont know whether you have spoken to him

 

No... i've not

 

Okay

 

Let me check in

That time he said i should call

 

Your Excellency, Sir!

 

Governor Nyesom Wike: Yea whats the problem

 

Well there's no problem

 

Except the....

 

Ask that they should move the thing to

 

Rack center, they refused

 

And ehh...

 

The usual intimidation

 

Intimidation by who now?

 

We know that's what they will do

 

Its just that ehh...

 

They were arriving late with this

 

Trying to put up disbursement and set up..

 

I don't know what you're saying

 

you're not sending out anything

 

who is intimidating you?

 

No....like me, nobody is intimidating me

 

We have people there

 

Tell everybody to be there

 

Ikwerre did it..

 

Ikwerre itself did it

 

They couldn't do anything

 

you understand me

 

Ikwerre local government did it

 

So the E.O (Electoral Officer) said he will not

counter sign

 

Eh... yes

 

I asked (inaudible) to insist that he should

counter sign

 

The E.O (Electoral Officer) Posted  from where?

 

from Plateau

 

ehh?...  from Plateau?

 

I'll call....dont worry i'll call the Plateau man now

 

i'll tell him, if he does not return my this thing

 

i will deal with you...

 

Don't worry

 

No, let him just sign that's all

 

No, if it's that one, she should return whatever...

 

i'm going to make sure that i kill him in

this state

 

Just don't worry

 

Hello Owoh

 

Hello sir

 

Call eh...

 

That co-ordinator

 

of Plateau

 

The man in Etche (LGA)

That i said he should warn

 

That he should warn

 

His man in Khana (LGA), ehh??..

 

That if he does rubbish

 

He should refund what we gave...

 

That if he tries it

 

I will make sure that he will never

leave this state

 

No problem

 

Tell him that, Tell him that

 

That he should warn him

 

If he's playing with people

 

He thinks that he will collect

 

And they will begin to do rubbish

 

Tell him that i said that they will

see what i'll do to him

 

If that’s how they do and then too....

 

The....

 

I think the man in ehh....

 

The man in ehh....

 

Ikwerre (LGA)......is also Plateau

 

I think its also Plateau

 

so find out..

 

And tell him that...

 

In fact call the...call the three coordinators

That I said they should tell their people

 

If they want to joke with me, disturb me

 

I will kill them in this place before they leave

 

Or they should return what I gave or I will kill them

 

Just call the three of them...

 

Alright sir!

 

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