- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state alleges that internet access during general elections will be restricted by the federal government to enable rigging
- Wike says the federal government and its agents will not succeed in whatever they are planning to carry out during the polls
- The governor expresses doubts that Muhammadu Buhari will accept defeat if he loses the presidential elections
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has accused the federal government, through the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) of planning to shutdown internet access during the general elections.
Wike also expressed doubts that the President Muhammadu Buhari will accept defeat if loses the presidential election.
The governor made the above statements on Thursday, January 31, during a courtesy visit by Savannah Centre Council on Peaceful and Violence Free in Nigeria at the government house in Port Harcourt, Vanguard reports.
He alleged that the federal government had ordered the NSA to direct the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to work with internet service providers to shutdown internet access during the elections.
He claimed the shutting down of internet access by NSA and INEC was to enable rigging during the election period.
“NSA has met with INEC to ensure that internet service provider’s shutdown the internet, so that foreign bodies won’t see what’s happening in the country during the elections," Wike alleged.
“They will jam all the frequencies and internet services to stop real time communication during the elections. This plot to rig the forthcoming election is a recipe for violence. They will not succeed in whatever they are planning. The world will be informed about their criminal activities."
The governor said the President Muhammadu Buhari had shown signs he will not accept defeat if he loses presidential election.
He urged the president to emulate Goodluck Jonathan who he said placed Nigeria above personal consideration.
“I don’t think this administration will willingly accept defeat. They should emulate former President Jonathan, who lost elections and accepted the outcome. There was no litigation. He went back home and did not generate crisis,” Wike said.
Meanwhile, the acting chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu on Thursday, January 31, warned Nigeria's banks not to collude with politicians who are repatriating stolen funds for the forthcoming general elections.
Reports by The Nation claimed that Magu who gave the warning in Lagos at a session with the Association of Compliance Officers in Abuja urged bankers to stop laundering funds for politicians.
He said the anti-graft commission had received an intelligence report on how a top politician sold a property abroad to finance elections at home.
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