Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has described the decision of majority members of the National Assembly, to vote against the electronic transmission of election results by INEC, as a coup against Nigerians.
This is as the governor extolled virtues of the founding chairman of LEADERSHIP Media Group, late Sam Nda-Isaiah, for standing by the truth when he was alive.
Wike, who spoke on Tuesday when the management of LEADERSHIP Media Group presented him with a letter of nomination as ‘LEADERSHIP Governor of Year 2020’ at the Government House, Port Harcourt, said it was strange that federal lawmakers were against a transparent electoral process in Nigeria, which is the wish of Nigerians.
He said: “If it were a country where Nigerians are serious, no member of the National Assembly who voted against electronic transmission of election results will go home because all those who voted against electronic transmission of election results are enemies of the people.
“The world is talking about how there should be transparency, how there should be confidence in the electoral umpire. I have never seen a country where the electoral umpire say ‘look I have the capacity to do this and people are telling you, no, don’t do. Go and take permission from NCC’. And these are lawmakers; I have never seen anything like this in my life.
“Honestly speaking, nobody that means well for this country will stand up in the National Assembly and vote against electronic transmission of election results. What are you hiding? Why not say ‘go ahead, Electoral Commission, whatever you require on this, we are going to support you’.
“Those who voted against this should be ashamed of themselves. If you are a member of the National Assembly and voted against electronic transmission of election results, your children should call you and examine if you need psychiatric evaluation.
“Since they have voted against the people, it is a coup against the people and you know the consequences of plotting a coup. National Assembly has plotted a coup against Nigerians and Nigerians should hold them responsible.”
The governor, who thanked the management of LEADERSHIP Media Group for nominating him for the second time in four years, dedicated the award to God and people of Rivers State.
While commiserating with entire management and staff of media conglomerate over Nda-Isaiah’s demise, Wike called for the sustenance of the legacies anɗ everything the late publisher stood for.
Presenting the nomination letter to Wike, the group managing director of LEADERSHIP Media Group, Muazu Elazeh, said the governor’s practical approach to governance earned him the nomination for the second time.
Elazeh said: “As you are aware by now, Your Excellency, you are the LEADERSHIP Governor of the Year. When the Board of Editors of LEADERSHIP met for this nomination because it is something we do every year, when your name was mentioned, it was the only nomination that got unanimous endorsement because of your practical approach to leadership and governance.
“Because of you are focused on infrastructural development which is resetting the business and economic development of Rivers State. In fact, when your name was mentioned, one of our team members said that is Mr. Project.”
The LEADERSHIP Group boss also used the occasion to invite Wike to this year’s annual LEADERSHIP Conference, which will focus on how to tackle regional and national insecurity.
“We are also here to invite you to our LEADERSHIP Conference which will hold on September 9. The LEADERSHIP Conference is part of LEADERSHIP Newspapers’ corporate social responsibility.
“What do we do at the conference? We look at burning national issues and we call critical stakeholders to a roundtable, discuss, proffer solution, which is presented to policy makers like you for implementation, so that we can make the country a better place. For the 2020 conference, we are looking at regional and national insecurity,” Elazeh added.
Also speaking, executive director, LEADERSHIP Media Group, Abraham Nda-Isaiah, said it was the first time in the history of the media organisation that a serving state governor is nominated for the award for a second time.
“This is the first time in the history of LEADERSHIP that a governor has been nominated twice. In the life of an administration, you are the first in the history of LEADERSHIP to be the ‘Governor of the Year’ twice,” Nda-Isaiah stated.