Nyesom Wike, The executive governor of Rivers State has called on INEC and President Muhammadu Buhari to use the Edo State governorship election on Saturday to create hope in the Nigeria electoral process.
Governor Wike, who is also the chairman of the opposition party, PDP (People`s Democratic Party) National Campaign Council for the Edo election, made the appeal on Thursday, during a live television programme in his state.
He point out that Edo state 2020 election success will provide hope for the general election in 2023.
Nyesom Wike said: “Let every one that loves this country ensure tomorrow election is credible, free and fair.
“The police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should show Nigerians that they can support credible elections.
“INEC should ensure result sheets are not in the hands of individuals. Security agencies should not whisk away collation officers and later bring them back with cooked results.
“Complete manipulation of the electoral process causes violence. No politician will cause violence if the police and INEC do not compromise,” he said.
The Rivers state executive governor said he carried out an independent assessment of the executive Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki’s achievements, and is satisfied that he would win the election convincingly.
According to him, no amount of fear, money or intimidation would make the people of Edo State not to vote for Obaseki.
The governor urged the of the state to vote wisely and take a blind eye to the lies spew by the ruling party.
“The agenda of the All Progressives Congress is to win at all costs for us to go to the tribunal. That is why Edo people must be vigilant.
“I must commend the United States and the United Kingdom for the visa ban placed on election riggers in the country.
“They should go ahead and publish their names, so that a lot of things will change in our electoral process.
“Election rigging is worse than armed robbery. So, whatever sanctions that can be imposed will be highly welcomed by the PDP,” he said.”