Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Electoral Bill passed by the National Assembly is a threat to national existence and a ploy to rig the 2019 elections.
The Governor spoke at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday, during the visit of the Anglican Bishop of Niger Delta North, Rt. Rev Wisdom Ihunwo.
“This present administration does not want the existence of one Nigeria. We don’t know if there will be Nigeria after the 2019 general elections. The National Assembly tried to cure the defects of the Electoral Act that led to controversies during the 2015 elections. After the passage, the President kept on giving countless excuses why he wouldn’t sign the amended Electoral Act.”
“The whole essence of not signing the Electoral Act is to rig the 2019 general elections. And in the plot to rig the 2019 election Rivers State comes first and Akwa Ibom State is the second on their list”, he said.
Governor Wike said that President Muhammadu Buhari knew he would lose the 2019 elections if he assented to the amended electoral act.
He said the All Progressives Congress (APC) was working against transparent and credible polls because they had been rejected by Nigerians.
He said “Now, they don’t want to use the smart card readers because they want to sit down and write results. It is painful that the President that says he is fighting corruption is leaving room for the rigging of the 2019 polls. There is no corruption worse than rigging. The President cannot set this country on fire”.
He noted that the country belongs to all Nigerians, hence every group must rise up to defend the nation’s democracy, urging the church to work with other well-meaning Nigerians to resist the criminal intention of the Buhari administration in terms of election rigging.
Earlier, the Anglican Bishop of Niger Delta North, Rt. Rev Wisdom Ihunwo congratulated Governor Wike for making Rivers State proud within and outside Nigeria. He noted that Governor Wike turned Rivers State into a huge construction site which led to the Governor emerging as the best performing Governor in different sectors of the economy, and also commending him for supporting the church