Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lacks the capacity to conduct credible polls. He called on the international community to closely monitor the nation’s electoral process to stop INEC from manipulating the 2019 general elections.
Wike spoke on Monday when the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Bernhard Shlagheck, paid him a courtesy call to the Government House, Port Harcourt. The governor said, “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. “He stated that 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, saying the cries over the order of elections by the ruling party reveals their intention to manipulate the process.
Speaking further, Wike, who urged the German Ambassador to ensure that the Federal Government is committed to the development of the Niger Delta, said despite resources produced in the Niger Delta, the people have been denied access to infrastructural development.
Earlier, the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Bernhard Shlagheck lauded the governor for his investments in infrastructural development. Shlagheck stated that he was in Rivers State as part of his familiarization tour of the Niger Delta, pointing out that he started with Rivers State because of the importance of the state in the structure of the region. He called on all political stakeholders to work for the success of the 2019 General Elections .
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