Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has alleged that the passage of the electoral bill was being delayed in the National Assembly because the All Progressives Congress plans to manipulate 2023 elections.
Wike, who said Nigerians have lost confidence in this government, maintained that “no reasonable Nigerian will say I want this APC government to come back in 2023”.
He said, “This government does not want to give Nigeria credible elections in 2023. Why will they want to give Nigeria a credible election in 2023? They know very clearly that with the way things stand today, Nigerians have lost confidence in this government.
“No reasonable Nigerian will say I want this APC government to come back in 2023. And therefore, what we do to make sure there is no credible election is to make sure we do not allow this amendment of the electoral act that ought to give us a credible, free and fair election.
“So that they will be able to manipulate the 2023 elections. It is very clear. I’m surprised Mr President will not even champion it to say ‘look I promised Nigeria that one thing I must leave in office even before anything’; ‘I must give Nigeria, free and credible elections’.
“You see, national assembly, they say one thing here today, one thing here tomorrow. All these things are strategies of the ruling party to deny Nigerians in 2023 of having a free, fair and credible election.”