Wike Urges Civil Society Organisation To Monitor INEC

Wike Urges Civil Society Organisation To Monitor INEC

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on civil society  and non-governmental organisations to monitor the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC )to ensure they conduct elections in line with the Electoral Act.

The governor also called on the civil society  and  non-governmental organisations to monitor the activities of security agencies  during the elections.

Wike, who spoke Saturday, during an interactive session with civil society and  non-governmental organisations in Port Harcourt, said the groups have a critical  role  to play in the conduct of credible elections.

He said: “You have to monitor INEC and  security agencies to ensure that they work in line with the Electoral Act and the constitution  during  the elections.”

The governor said with the shocking activities  of INEC, civil society organisations should step up their monitoring functions around them.

Wike, who urged the National Assembly to amend the Electoral Act to give civil society organisations more powers during and after elections, said such powers will reduce electoral manipulation.

He urged the Civil Society Organisations to work with other Nigerians to ensure that Atiku Abubakar wins at the Federal  Level because  a second term  for  Buhari would  lead to national disaster.

The governor said: “Thank God  that PDP has found its bearing and it is preparing to take over. This country will not survive another four years of Buhari’s directionless and dictatorial governance.”

Wike stated that this is the time for all Nigerians  to exercise their civic rights, saying that if Nigerians fail to come  out enmasse to vote, the nation will suffer the consequences.

He noted that if security agencies  see the mass participation of Nigerians during the elections, it would be difficult  for them to act funny.

Wike said Rivers State  has no reason to vote Buhari because  he has not executed  a single project  in the state.

In his address, Chairman of Rivers State Civil Society Organisations, Sotonye George called for peaceful and credible polls.

George charged INEC to avoid partisanship  so that the votes of the people can count. He also called on security agencies to be professional in the discharge of the duties during the elections.

He stated that the State needs Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency for the protection  of  lives and property, and urged the Rivers State government  to operationalise the agency, despite the attempt by the Nigerian Army to frustrate the scheme.