With INEC’s disposition , Nigerians should brace up for electoral theft in 2019 says Wike


Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that with the type of fraud that the present Independent National Electoral Commission  ( INEC) is involved in, Nigerians  should brace up for the theft of mandates in 2019.

Addressing the National Executive Council of the Ijaw National Congress  (INC) at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday, Governor Wike said  that INEC  has been manipulating the electoral process in Rivers State  because  it was directed to favour the politician  who diverted Rivers State funds and used same to sponsor a particular political party.

He said: “If INEC  goes on with this type of electoral fraud, then Nigeria  is in trouble in 2019. What type of country  are we living in when there is open electoral stealing?

” They want to allocate seats to a man who  took our money to sponsor their party .  They said they don’t want to embarrass him for giving them our money “.

The governor  berated INEC  for attempting  to smuggle in a concocted result  of Tai Local Government Area , which was one of the eight local government areas where elections were suspended by INEC on March 19, 2016.

He said: “It is shocking and embarrassing  that several months after INEC  suspended elections in eight Local Government Areas, it has come up to  concoct fake results for Tai Local Government Area . “

The governor  noted  that the state will  never succumb to the intimidation and blackmail of political  authorities  who plan to use INEC  to  impose legislators  on the state.

“I don’t  believe in violence, but nobody should  trample with our rights “, he said.

On the amnesty programme of his administration, Governor Wike  said that though the repentant cultists and kidnappers  will not be offered cash, they will be rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society.

He added that the development  programme  of his administration  would be  felt in all the 23 Local Government Areas  of the state.

In his remarks  , President of the Ijaw National Congress , Alatubo Charles Piriye Harry commended Governor Wike for his developmental strides , assuring him of the support of Ijaws in the discharge  of  the people’s mandate .

He lauded the governor for the reconstruction  of the Bonny Jetty which will serve the marine transport needs of several Ijaw communities.


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