The Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has described the peace accord signed by the presidential candidates as a mere public display as it will not work.
According to Wike, president Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the amended Electoral Act was a sign that the president is not committed to credible polls.
He stressed that the people of Rivers State will not fold their arms and watch the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security agencies rig 2019 election for the APC as INEC cannot be trusted to conduct credible polls because of their inconsistency.
The governor disclosed this in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.
He said, “The peace accord is a ceremony. It is a mere public display. The peace accord cannot work because they are not sincere. INEC and security should sign peace accord because they are the ones who create circumstances for electoral violence.
“They try to manipulate the process against the will of the people.
“It is INEC and security that don’t want us to have peaceful elections in Rivers State. Why do they want to capitalize on the claim that politicians are the ones that compel them to act illegally.
“Rivers people are peaceful, the only time we have crisis is when we see the electoral umpire being biased and security agencies working against due process in elections. We will continue to resist it.
“INEC has different interpretations of judgements depending on where it is coming from.
“When the court nullified the Rivers All Progressives Congress, APC, primaries, a lawyer of one of the factions wrote to INEC not to recognise any candidate because of the judgment. INEC wrote to APC notifying them of outcome of that judgment.
“INEC merely said they were in receipt of the letter requesting that INEC should obey. In the case of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, INEC wrote to PDP in Ogun State, where Buruji (Kashamu) dragged the party to court, telling them they will comply.
“When there is a judgement against PDP, there is immediate enforcement. When it concerns APC, INEC says they are studying the judgement. In the case of Ogun State PDP, INEC quickly obeyed the judgement.
“I was shocked that the president did not sign the Electoral Act. In my matter, the Supreme Court appreciated the card reader, but said it was not backed by law. They called for the Electoral Act to be amended for more credible polls.
“He said he wants to leave a legacy of free and fair elections, but he refused to sign the Electoral Act that will facilitate the process. If Mr. President had signed the Electoral Act, it would have made it difficult to manipulate. But he refused to sign the law.”