Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says the rejection of electronic transmission of election results by members of the National Assembly, even when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) affirmed it has the capacity to electronically transmit results, amounts to a coup against Nigerians desirous of free, fair and credible elections.
NaijaNews reports Wike as stressing that the federal lawmakers who voted against the electronic transmission of results should be ashamed of themselves. He maintained that
“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’?”
The Rivers Governor described members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who voted against electronic transmission of results as enemies of the country, saying their action was detrimental to the growth and consolidation of the country’s democracy.
He said the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on APC federal lawmakers to support the inclusion of electronic transmission of election results in the amended Electoral Act is indicative that he does not intend to leave a legacy of transparent electoral process.
Wike, who spoke yesterday while receiving his letter of nomination as “2020 Governor of the Year” by the management of Leadership Media Group at Government House, Port Harcourt, said, “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? It is a coup against the people, and when you plot a coup, you know the consequences of plotting a coup. National Assembly members have plotted coup against Nigerians and Nigerians should hold them responsible. All they are planning is to rig election, because they know Nigerians have abandoned them.”
This article was originally published on Nigeria News