2019: INEC lacks capacity to conduct credible polls – Wike

By Valentine Amanze

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lacks the capacity to conduct credible polls in 2019.

  The governor said Nigerians should not be deceived by the statements usually released by INEC because the commission works negate its mandate.

  He spoke at the  Government House Port Harcourt on Thursday when he granted audience to the  Senate  Committee on INEC.

  His words: "Let's not deceive ourselves, INEC is not prepared for credible elections.  If there is an agency that is not prepared for 2019, it is INEC.  I have no confidence in INEC. There is no amount of INEC's preparation will convince me.

  "INEC chooses how it interpretes laws to suit those it supports. They choose the court orders to obey and the ones to disregard.  In one state where it favours a particular, they obey. In another state, INEC will claim they are yet to see judgments not in favour of  the party they support ".

  He said in 2019, any attempt by INEC to negatively manipulate the will of the people will be resisted.

  "In 2019, whoever wants  to manipulate  the process to destroy the outcome, the people will come after that person and the family.

  "We will not agree that for anybody to rig elections here in Rivers State.  Nobody will do anything contrary to the will of the people ", he said.

  He said that results were declared at the polling units, but INEC goes ahead to manipulate results at the collation centre as was done in Osun State.

  The governor said that the National Assembly has budgeted money for INEC for them to squander, but not for the conduct of credible elections.

 Governor Wike added that the refusal to sign the amended Electoral Act was a ploy by the APC Federal Government to rig the 2019 elections in connivance with INEC.

He said that despite the fact that the National Assembly continues to amend the Electoral Act in favour of the Presidency, the APC Federal Government continues to generate excuses why they will not sign the amended Electoral Act.

  According to him, INEC and Police are two institutions  that impede the conduct of credible elections in the country.

  Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Suleiman Nazif, said that the committee was in the state to to carry out assessments  on the preparedness of the commission  for the conduct of credible elections in 2019.

  He said that the committee carried out oversight functions on the available card reader machines, voter registers and other facilities needed for the 2019 polls.

Picture : Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (m), Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Suleiman Nazif (l) and Senator Mao Ohuabunwa during the visit by  the Senate Committee on INEC to Government House Port Harcourt on Thursday.

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