Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike says President Muhammadu Buhari must be pressured to sign the amended Electoral Act.
Governor Wike stated this after he was conferred with the “Gold Prize for Exceptional Leadership” by ThisNigeria Media Newspaper in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said considering the importance of the Electoral Act amendment to the survival of the nation’s democracy, the media ought to deem it a priority to exert pressure on the President to sign the amended Act.
“Who are those to benefit more if the direct primaries are conducted. Who are those to benefit more if it is indirect primaries. So, it is important that Nigerians should know why there should be the electronic transmission of results in order to save our democracy.
The governor said the only way those in a position of authority can become accountable to the people is when the electoral process is free and fair.
“Now, they have performed well in Anambra State; everybody is praising them. But when they did not perform well in Rivers State, should we praise them? We cannot. When a general in the Army will convert a whole division to INEC office, will you be happy?
“There is the need for all of us to still believe that this country must be united. But, if we want to move forward, we must drop the issue of where you come from. We must drop the issue of where you worship. Overemphasis on these things causes disintegration and which is not the best for us.”
Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who chaired the occasion, said the country is going through tough times.