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INEC lacks capacity for credible polls –Wike 

• Rivers East endorses gov for second term

Tony John, Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lacked the capacity to conduct credible polls. 

Wike also called on the international community to closely monitor the nation’s electoral process to stop INEC from manipulating the 2019 elections. 

He spoke yesterday, during a courtesy visit by the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Bernhard Shlagheck, to the Government House, Port Harcourt. 

“INEC does not have the capacity to hold free and fair elections. See what happened in Kano State. INEC says it wants to investigate the under-age voting that took place last week. 

“Who gave the children the voters’ cards? We will not allow anyone to manipulate the electoral system of the country,” Wike said. 

The governor said due to the failure of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the party plans to use INEC and security agencies to create crisis and manipulate the electoral system .

He said the cries over the order of elections by the ruling APC revealed their intention to manipulate the process. 

The governor urged the German ambassador to ensure the Federal Government is committed to the development of the Niger Delta. 

He said despite resources produced in the Niger Delta, the people have been denied access to infrastructural development. 

Earlier, Shlagheck lauded Wike for his investments in infrastructural development. 

The ambassador said he was in state as part of his familiarisation tour of the Niger Delta, saying he started with Rivers because of the importance of the state in the structure of the region.

He called on political stakeholders to work for the success of the 2019 elections.

Meanwhile, Rivers East Senatorial District has endorsed Wike for a second term on the strength of his performance. 

Thousands of people from the eight councils of the senatorial district trooped to the General Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt yesterday where they sang the praises of Wike. 

Member of the House of Representatives Representing Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency, Kingsley Chinda moved the motion for the endorsement of Wike by the district.  The motion was seconded by Majority Whip of the state House of Assembly, Evans Bipi.

Former Rivers governor, Sir Celestine Omehia, said Wike has developed the district alongside other parts of the state, hence the decision to support his re-election.

On his part, Senator George Sekibo said the senatorial district is happy because the governor through his outstanding performance has become  a national reference point on the delivery of projects and programmes while former president of Nigerian Bar Association, Chief Onueze Okocha, said the senatorial district is behind Wike. 

Responding, Wike assured Rivers people that he will continue to work for the development of the state.

He said that his administration has executed projects in all the eight councils of the senatorial district and added that the projects have improved  the living condition of the people.

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  1. Kabiyeze 21st February 2018 at 1:09 pm

    President Buhari is doing all he is doing with the belief that he will manipulate the electoral process and foist Fulani hegemony on the rest of Nigerians. He appointed his brother the electoral umpire who will announce him the winner no matter the outcome. I suspect he made his brothers and kinsmen the head of all the security agencies, that carry arms with a view to intimidate the rest of Nigerians and put them on standby to take over in ‘palace coup’ if he is defeated or removed from office constitutionally eg by impeachment. The immigration would allow Fulani’s from all over Africa to enter and flood evérywhere without proper documentation and possibly be issued voters cards, Customers to allow importation of arm (AK 47 and others) which herdsmen use to slaughterhouse other Nigerians. The former INEC umpire also Buhari kinsman allowed issuance of voters cards to children in the North without doing same in the south, making it possible for Kano and Borno (where boko haram war had driven large chunk of the population away) to post about 2million votes each even greater than Lagos. Kano even confessed recently that the pictures and video evidences currently circulating on Kano Council election was the one used to elect Buhari in 2015. They seem to be planning to even double the number in 2019. Of course without balancing the security architecture of the country and weed out the children from the voters register credible election would not hold. Jonathan refused to challenge the last election out of fear of bloodshed that could result. Despite the fear of the bloodshed, even more bloodshed has been with us ever since be it with Boko Haram killings, Southern Kaduna killings, Fulani herdsmen killings in the middle belt and most parts of southern Nigeria, kidnappers killings, killings by Operation Python Dance, killings of innocent armless Biafran agitators etc. No Nigerian should be disenfranchised on the ground of forced relocation towards election time by artificial crises like the Boko Haram, threat of pogrom on non indigenes if our kinsman fails to win, by making voter transfer cumbersome. Voter transfer should be made online and realtime even on election day, so that one can vote for presidential election wherever one finds himself on election day.

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