Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the amended Electoral Act bill into law is part of a plot to rig the 2019 general elections.
The governor made the allegation in an interview at the Government House in Port Harcourt, rejecting the reasons given by the Presidency for the refusal to sign the bill into law.
“All they are prepared for is to write the results and let heaven fall,” he claimed.
The governor questioned, “Why has the President not signed the Electoral Act? What is the fear? What do you mean by mistakes? Oh my God, what is a mistake? Errors you didn’t see by one month’s time? Errors for the first time, the second time, the third time. Does it not tell Nigerians these people are not prepared for election?”
Five months to the 2019 general elections, Governor Wike believes that recent developments show that the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government is not ready for the elections.
He accused the government of planning to “write results”, contrary to the wish of the electorate.
He called on the international community to take proactive action to prevent electoral fraud, including the revocation of visas issued to government officials who he claimed were working against the nation’s democracy.
“They should revoke all the visas of those in government who are opposed to democratic rule, principles, (and) rule of law,” Wike said.
“Let me tell you, whether you like it or not, this government is bent on eliminating the key opposition.”
Governor Wike also blamed the Federal Government for the cancellation of the Port Harcourt State Constituency III election, alleging that security operatives were used to disrupt the exercise.