Wike Alleges Fresh Plans To Rig 2019 Elections
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has alleged that the National Security Adviser, NSA, has directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to work with internet service providers to ensure that internet access is shut down during the elections.
This he said yesterday, during a courtesy visit by Savannah Centre Council on Peaceful and Violence Free in Nigeria at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
He said: “NSA has met with INEC to ensure that internet service provider’s shut down the internet so that foreign bodies won’t see what’s happening in the country during the elections.
“They will jam all the frequencies and internet services to stop real-time communication during the elections. This plot to rig the forthcoming election is a recipe for violence. They will not succeed in whatever they are planning. The world will be informed about their criminal activities.”
He alleged that President Buhari’s negative actions are a revelation that they would not accept defeat in the forthcoming elections, should they lose.
Meanwhile, Naija News reports that the Buhari led administration has focused on the eradication of fake news and its attendant ills.
One of the major sources of fake news is unverified information on social media and the internet.
On its part, the Independent National Electoral Commission has continuously assured Nigerians on its readiness to deliver a fair, credible and peaceful election.
He advised Buhari to emulate former President Goodluck Jonathan; he said who placed Nigeria above personal consideration.
According to Wike, “I don’t think this administration will willingly accept defeat. They should emulate former President Jonathan, who lost elections and accepted the outcome. There was no litigation. He went back home and did not generate a crisis.”
Wike noted that people in Rivers would reject any attempt by the APC to rig the elections.
He “regretted that the Federal Government has caged the judiciary, making it difficult to determine electoral disputes in court,” arguing that the conduct of credible elections rest with security agencies and INEC, adding that once the two agencies act within the law, the polls will be credible.