Wike faults N’Assembly for rejecting electronic transmission of election results
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has deplored the rejection of electronic transmission of election results by All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the National Assembly.
He described the decision as “a coup against Nigerians desirous of free, fair and credible elections,” adding that the lawmakers, who voted against amendment of the Electoral Act, were enemies of the country.
He insisted that their action was detrimental to the growth and consolidation of the country’s democracy.
Wike stressed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to prevail on APC members in the National Assembly to support electronic transmission of election results in the amended Electoral Act, proved that he did not intend to leave behind the legacy of a transparent electoral process.
The governor stated this at the presentation of his nomination letter as “Governor of the Year 2020 Award” by the management of Leadership Media Group at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Wike maintained that the Ninth National Assembly capitalised on Nigerian’s political indifference to deliberately vote against inclusion of electronic transmission of election results in the amended Electoral Act.
“Those who voted against e-transmission of results never mean well for the country. The children of members of the National Assembly, who voted against electronic transmission of results, will ask them if they are okay,” he said.
The governor, who wondered the kind of country and lawmakers in Nigeria, added: “I can’t believe that anybody who went to school in this digital age, will vote against electronic transmission of election results.”
He declared that APC lawmakers’ rejection of electronic transmission of election results, even when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) affirmed that it has capacity transmit results electronically, was tantamount to a coup against Nigerians.
Wike commiserated with the family and management of Leadership Media Group over the death of the founder of the newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah, and urged them to use the newspapers as a voice of the people.
Group Managing Director of Leadership Newspaper, Muazu Elazeh, said they visited Rivers State to present Wike the letter of his nomination as the Leadership Governor of the Year and to invite him to its conference in September.
Also, Executive Director of Leadership Media Group, Abraham Nda-Isaiah, said this was the first time the newspaper was nominating a governor twice during an administration, having first nominated Wike for the award in 2017.
MEANWHILE, the Rivers State Government, yesterday, directed all resident doctors under its employ to call off strike immediately or the government would invoke no-work-no-pay policy.
In a statement issued by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr. Tammy Danagogo, it stated that whereas the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) has the right to go on strike, such should be restricted to resident doctors under the Federal Government payroll.
He explained that the state government was not owing salaries, allowances or benefits of resident doctors.
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