Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated lawmakers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who rejected digital transmission of election outcomes ought to be insulted by their youngsters.
He said that the rejection was tantamount to a coup in opposition to Nigerians, who’re desirous of free, truthful, and credible polls.
According to a press release by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, Wike spoke in the course of the official presentation of a letter of nomination to him as “the 2020 Governor of the Year Award” by the administration of the Leadership Media Group on the Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
Wike described National Assembly members who voted in opposition to transmission of election outcomes electronically as enemies of Nigeria.
He stated: “Those who voted against e-transmission of results should be ashamed of themselves. They never mean well for this country. If you are a member of the National Assembly and you voted against electronic transmission of results, your children should call you and say daddy, are you well?
“I can’t believe anybody who went to school in this digital period, will vote against electronic transmission of results. What kind of country is this? What kind of National Assembly members do we have?”
Wike additionally described the rejection of digital transmission of election outcomes by APC lawmakers as tantamount to a coup in opposition to Nigerians.
Wike additionally said that President Muhammadu Buhari was not dedicated to delivering clear elections in 2023.
The governor stated he had anticipated Buhari, who had overtly declared that he respects former President Goodluck Jonathan, for not compromising the 2015 basic elections, to construct on the electoral legacy of his predecessor.
He stated: “If Jonathan did not believe in the transparency of the election, he would not have allowed card reader to be used. So, he introduced the card reader as a sitting President, knowing fully well that that could be an albatross to him. But he said no, I want us to move to the next level.
“Mr. President cannot tell us that sincerely he wants to conduct a free, fair, credible election. Let nobody deceive you. It is very clear that there is no sure intention at all.”