Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on civil society and non-governmental organisations to monitor the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC )to ensure they conduct elections in line with the Electoral Act.
The governor also called on the civil society and non-governmental organisations to monitor the activities of security agencies during the elections.
Wike, who spoke Saturday, during an interactive session with civil society and non-governmental organisations in Port Harcourt, said the groups have a critical role to play in the conduct of credible elections.
He said: “You have to monitor INEC and security agencies to ensure that they work in line with the Electoral Act and the constitution during the elections.”
The governor said with the shocking activities of INEC, civil society organisations should step up their monitoring functions around them.
Wike, who urged the National Assembly to amend the Electoral Act to give civil society organisations more powers during and after elections, said such powers will reduce electoral manipulation.
He urged the Civil Society Organisations to work with other Nigerians to ensure that Atiku Abubakar wins at the Federal Level because a second term for Buhari would lead to national disaster.
The governor said: “Thank God that PDP has found its bearing and it is preparing to take over. This country will not survive another four years of Buhari’s directionless and dictatorial governance.”
Wike stated that this is the time for all Nigerians to exercise their civic rights, saying that if Nigerians fail to come out enmasse to vote, the nation will suffer the consequences.
He noted that if security agencies see the mass participation of Nigerians during the elections, it would be difficult for them to act funny.
Wike said Rivers State has no reason to vote Buhari because he has not executed a single project in the state.
In his address, Chairman of Rivers State Civil Society Organisations, Sotonye George called for peaceful and credible polls.
George charged INEC to avoid partisanship so that the votes of the people can count. He also called on security agencies to be professional in the discharge of the duties during the elections.
He stated that the State needs Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency for the protection of lives and property, and urged the Rivers State government to operationalise the agency, despite the attempt by the Nigerian Army to frustrate the scheme.