Some governors frustrating signing of Electoral Bill — Wike
Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, has accused some governors of working to stop President Muhammadu Buhari from signing the Electoral Bill into law. Speaking, yesterday, at the flag-off of campaigns for the Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency and Akpabuyo State Constituency by-elections in Calabar, Wike said: “Ayade is one of the governors pushing that they should not sign the Electoral Bill so they can use the police to carry results.”
Wike, who condemned Police in Cross River stop the campaign, said: “2023 is not 2019. We shall resist them”.
The Cross River State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defied police order barring them from holding the rally in Calabar, after same police had earlier given the party permit to hold it.
He said, “I am fulfilled that Cross River is totally a PDP state. When I heard that this rally would not hold, I said if the rally would hold, that would have been the end of PDP in the state. I support PDP with all my heart. They tried it in Rivers State and I resisted them”.
Wike, who presented PDP flags to the two candidates: Mike Usibe and Dr. Ekeng Edet, said: “No one should be afraid. Go home and mobilise your people. Go and defeat APC. Protect your votes and follow them bumper-to-bumper. APC must fall in Cross River.”
Meanwhile, the state Police Commissioner, Aminu Alhassan, confirmed that he deployed his men to cordon off the PDP rally venue because of security report.
“I sent the security agents to avoid breakdown of law and order in the state”.
He said two big parties could not hold events the same day so that they would not cause problems. “So, I had to stop the PDP and allow the APC. PDP can hold its own tomorrow,” he said.