Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, says the National Assembly lacks the temerity to override President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the Electoral Act amendment Bill because it is part of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scheme to deny Nigerians free, fair and transparent election in 2023.
He said the only way for Nigerians not to repeat the 2015 and 2019 mistakes of voting the APC-led Federal Government into power is to send them packing in 2023.
Governor Wike made the assertions at the flag-off of Chokocho-Igbodo Road that was performed by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State yesterday in Etche local government area of the State.
Governor Wike recalled how most people did not believe him when he raised the concerns that President Buhari will not sign the Electoral Act amendment Bill into law to give legal impetus to electronic transmission of election results.
The governor further stated that having known the modus operandi, style and strategy of the APC, it was obvious to him and all discerning minds that the clause on direct primaries was inserted into the Electoral Act amendment Bill as a ploy for the president to refuse assent to the Bill.
According to him, the APC members are afraid that if results are transmitted electronically, they will not survive the 2023 general elections.
He accused APC governors and their National Assembly members of deceiving Nigerians that they were engaged in a battle of supremacy over the issue of direct primaries, whereas they had secretly agreed to scuttle the possibility of transmitting election results electronically in 2023.
Governor Wike said, unfortunately, the National Assembly does not have what it takes to veto the President’s refusal to assent to the Bill. According to him, the lawmakers are not interested in protecting the interest of Nigerians and ensuring that elections are free and fair with the electronic transmission of election results.
The governor maintained that because the APC does not consider the interest of Nigerians as a priority, its leaders are immersed in crisis-jostling for benefits that fan their egos.
He insisted that the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), is different because it is waxing stronger as a true political party, and working every day in improving the socio-economic conditions of the people in PDP-controlled states.
Performing the flag-off ceremony, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde described Governor Wike as a visionary leader whose pattern of development is creating an economic corridor, not only within Rivers State but linking it up to the neighbouring three States.