Edo 2020: Wike – IGP ordered me to Leave Benin, but am not Leaving


The state Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike on Friday, said he was called by the Nigeria Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to exit Edo ahead of the State’s governorship election scheduled for later today.

Wike, who is also the PDP national campaign chairman for Edo governorship election, made the claim during an interview section on Channels TV on Friday, 18 September, 2020. He said that many security agencies, including police officers, laid siege on the hotel where he and some of his colleagues are lodging in Benin ahead of the governorship election.

He said the IGP told him to leave Benin, the state capital because his presence may cause crisis ahead of the gubernatorial poll because of his utterances.

Speaking further, Torixus reports that Wike said he informed the IGP, that he will never leave Edo because some APC governors and their leaders are also in the state.

“I am not the only Governor here, the Governor of Imo State is here, Ganduje is here, the deputy Senate President is here. So, why should you tell me to leave? I said I will not leave.

“As the chairman of Campaign Council, we have to monitor what is going on and tomorrow, we go out and monitor what is going on. He cannot tell me that I must leave Edo State. It has not happened in this country. I don’t know where we are heading to. For IG to call a governor, to tell a Governor you must leave Edo State. It is the highest level of impunity.”. he said.

He further noted that he holds it as his duty to monitor what will go on during the governorship election scheduled to hold later today. “I am here to do my assignment, I’m not here on campaign, the people must have made their minds on who they are going to vote for and who they will not vote for”.


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