Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) and Security Agencies to be apolitical in the September 19, 2020, governorship election in Edo State.
In an interview monitored on Channels TV, Governor Wike said;
“As the giant of Africa, other countries can learn something good on how to conduct free and fair elections from Nigeria. The success of Edo election will be largely determined by the role played by security agencies and INEC.
“This is so because they often interfere with electoral processes, which manifests as scuttling of the will of the electorate. “I do not know if I have one hundred percent confidence in INEC for now but maybe, as the days go on, what we will see may give us hope.”
The Rivers State Governor further noted that since, “Nigeria prides itself to be the giant of Africa and we go to other countries to observe elections and adjudge them as free and fair. But we find it difficult to do same here. We must show one good thing people can learn from us.
“We want free and fair election. INEC should not be partial. They should use this election to correct the mistakes that have been done in the past.
“We want to see what was done under President Goodluck Jonathan when Adams Oshiomhole went to Aso rock to thank him for allowing free and fair election in Edo State then.”
Wike also appeal to “President Muhammadu Buhari to direct that democracy be protected in Edo election so that one man one vote will count. We will also go to Aso rock to thank him.”