- Governor Nyesom Wike said President Muhammadu Buhari's refusal to sign the amended electoral act contributed to various challenges during 2019 general election
- The Rivers governor said that the undoing of the president led to different electoral frauds during the elections
- The governor therefore admonished the president to do expected and stop politicisation of the electoral system
Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike, has attributed series of challenges which charaterised the last general elections to the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent the amended electoral act bill proposed by the eight National Assembly.
The governor made this known in a statement he made on Tuesday, June 11, while addressing the political team from the British High Commission at Government House, Port Harcourt, Vanguard reports.
Governor Wike in his assessment of the the last general elections said the amended electoral act could have legitimised the card reader and strengthened the process of result collation had the president assented it.
“If the President had assented to the amended Electoral Act, we wouldn’t have had the kind of problem we had. That means that there must be card reader in the electoral process. In that case, it makes it difficult for security agencies, who want to commit electoral fraud, to succeed.
“With the card reader, results that don’t tally with accredited figures in the device will not be accepted. Since the card reader is not in the law, it creates the loopholes for them to manipulate,'' He submitted.
Opening more lids on the rot in the electoral system, Governor Wike described the situations where returning officers were forced to sign the result sheets as embarrassing.
According to him, the militarisation of what could have been a peaceful electoral process greatly contributed to massive violence in Rivers state.
He therefore called on the president to do the right thing in the interest of the country.
He said: “They created the room where some security agencies tried to force Returning Officers to sign result sheets. Remember in Rivers State, the Army took over the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC headquarters.
''The essence was to see that the Returning Officers were hijacked for fraudulent purposes. But if the card reader was legitimised in the electoral process, it would not have been possible, because the only acceptable result would be the one that tallies with the card reader.
''I have always said to Mr President that in the interest of the country, let us do the right thing. Let us not politicise everything.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that in preparation for the inauguration of the ninth National Assembly, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, June 10, invited all its senators-elect to two crucial meetings.
The meetings fixed for 8pm and 10pm concurrently took place at Governor Nyesom Wike's lodge in Asokoro district and Abuja respectively.
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