Ayade wants DSS, police to investigate thumb printing viral video.
Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade, has asked the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu and Director General, Directorate of State Services (DSS) to investigate the video showing thumb printing of ballot papers during last Saturday’s election.
Ayade, who spoke at a media briefing shortly after the State Security Council meeting in Calabar yesterday, insisted that the intention of the perpetrators was not only criminal but was designed to paint a bad image and reduce the credibility of elections in the state.
A statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the state government, Christian Ita, noted: “It is a cooked up video designed to embarrass the state, but God has a way of vindicating the innocent.”
He urged the IGP, the Director General of DSS to narrow down its investigation to the fraudulent, well choreographed, display of wickedness with intent to cause the Federal Government to doubt the credibility of Cross River elections.
Ayade argued that the video was politically motivated and intended to hurt his re-election election on March 9, 2019, adding: “That was not natural, I don’t believe that video and I think the public should disregard it.”
He said the security agencies should ensure that they work on it and assured Nigerians that those who staged the video will soon be apprehended.