Wike says poor leadership in Nigeria caused by faulty electoral process

Wike says poor leadership in Nigeria caused by faulty electoral process

- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state says it is shameful that Nigeria cannot deliver free and fair elections

- Wike notes that the 20 years of Nigeria’s electoral process has remained widely fraudulent and incapable of delivering free and fair elections

- The governor says bad governance coupled with endemic corruption and mismanagement have ruined the Nigerian economy

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has said the faulty electoral system in Nigeria resulted in poor political leadership in the country.

Speaking on Tuesday, October 1, at the 59th independence anniversary parade in Port Harcourt, the governor said it was shameful that Nigeria cannot deliver a free and fair election, Tribune reports.

“We pride ourselves as a democratic nation, yet for 20years, our electoral process has remained widely fraudulent and incapable of delivering free and fair elections,” he said.

“Yet, we are shamefully carrying on as if all is well, resisting every attempt at providing a credible electoral system, and not minding the monumental damage this has caused and continues to cause to the character and quality of our politics, leadership recruitment and nation-building.”

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Wike said years of bad governance coupled with endemic corruption and mismanagement have ruined the Nigerian economy.

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But today, it’s more like 59 years of wasted dreams, mismanaged opportunities and hope deferred for our country and our people as disunity, mutual mistrust, intolerance, hatred and violence continue to corrode the fragile walls that feebly bind the nation,” he said.

The governor said things are spiralling out of control in Nigeria because of the failed policies and lack of vision at the federal level.

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