Nyesome Wike, the governor of Rivers State is working tirelessly to influence the outcome of the state Election Petition Tribunal, SaharaReporters can confirm.
He plans to do so by forcefully changing the lawyer representing candidate of the African Action Congress, who is his main challenger at the tribunal, Engineer Awara Biokpomabo Festus.
Sources within the Rivers state government house revealed to SaharaReporters that Gov. Wike singlehandedly funded the recent false 'suspension' of AAC pro-tem Chairman, Omoyele Sowore which was masterminded by one Leonard Ezenwa.
The Independent National Electoral Commission thereafter released a statement saying it is unaware of said 'suspension' and will continue to relate with Sowore as the chairman of the AAC.
The grand plan was to hijack the party structure and send a memo to Awara, imposing a 'selected lawyer' who will surreptitiously work for Wike while pretending to work for the AAC candidate at the tribunal.
The lawyer to be imposed on Awara is a lackey of Senator Magnus Abbey.
SaharaReporters can also confirm that Wike in a bid to buy more members of the AAC party, reached out to Legal Adviser of the AAC Barrister Inibehe Effiong.
Effiong declined the offer which made the governor more desperate.
Shortly after the contact, the expelled secretary of the AAC, Leonard Ezenwa under the inducement of Wike, sent a letter to the legal representative of Awara at the tribunal Tawo E. Tawo (SAN), demanding that he refrains from appearing as the legal representative of the AAC.
In the letter, Ezenwa 'appointed' H.A Bello Esq to take over as legal representative of Awara at the tribunal.
Sources who spoke to SaharaReporters confirm that Wike has a bad case at the tribunal hence his desperation to manipulate events and outcomes of the tribunal.
Sources told SaharaReporters that the PDP woman leader and mother of UK-based AAC impostor, Ify Chigwe brokered a meeting between Leonard Ezenwa and Gov. Wike to enable free flow of funds between the duo.
Mr. Wike is known to bribe judges, lawyers and INEC officials to do his biding.