Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike criticised the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday for the delay in amending the Electoral Act, saying no fair citizen of the country will want the party to retain the presidency in 2023.
The former education minister alleged that Nigerians have lost faith in the APC and accused it of stifling efforts to amend the Act.
“Amending the Electoral Act will be a huge leap forward for the country as it would lead to free, fair, and credible elections,” Wike tweeted on his official account, doubling down on his assertion that the ruling APC is afraid of losing the presidential seat.
“Unfortunately, we are seeing tricks and delays once again because this government does not want it amended so that they can control the 2023 elections. They understand that people have lost faith in the APC government and that no fair Nigerian will want them back.”
Amending the Electoral Act would be a giant leap forward for the country as it would lead to free, fair and credible elections. Unfortunately we are again seeing tricks and delays because this government doesn’t want it amended so they can manipulate the 2023 elections.
— Nyesom Ezenwo Wike (@GovWike) April 28, 2021
Wike had earlier this year accused President Muhammadu Buhari of failing to sign the amended Electoral Act because the APC told him not to because he (Buhari) would have lost the 2019 election if it was signed.
“Of course, the President did not sign the electoral amendment Act,” explained the governor.
“I am not swayed by the National Assembly’s shenanigans. They are both aware of what will propel the country forward. One, ensure that all ballots are counted in order to make the election transparent.
“You can achieve that by allowing the card reader to function. So that the figures recorded on the card reader should tally with the transmitted figures.”