Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, on Tuesday warned that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, won’t be allowed to manipulate the 2019 election.
Reacting to report of underage voters in Kano, Wike insisted that INEC lacked the capacity to conduct credible elections in Nigeria.
He spoke when German Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Bernhard Shlagheck, visited him at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Calling on the International Community to closely monitor the nation’s electoral process, Wike explained that it was imperative for the International Community to monitor the 2019 elections in order to stop INEC from manipulating the process.
“INEC does not have the capacity to hold free and fair elections. See what happened in Kano State. INEC says it wants to investigate the under-age voting that took place last week.
“Who gave the children the voter cards? We will not allow anyone to manipulate the electoral system of the country,” Wike said.
The governor said due to the failure of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the party was planning to use INEC and security agencies to create crisis and manipulate the electoral system.
The governor said that the cry over the order of elections by the ruling APC revealed their intention to manipulate the process.