Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has raised an alarm that the All Progressives Congress-led, APC, Federal Government, through the Office of the National Security Adviser, NSA, has allegedly directed the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to work with internet service providers, to shutdown internet access, during the forthcoming elections.
Governor Wike alleged that shutting down internet access by the NSA and INEC, is aimed at facilitating the rigging of the forthcoming elections.
He spoke during a courtesy visit by Savannah Centre Council on Peaceful and Violence Free Nigeria, at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
He said: “The National Security Adviser has met with INEC, to ensure that internet service providers shutdown the internet, so that foreign bodies will not see what is happening in the country during the elections.
“They would jam all the frequencies and internet services, to stop real time communication during the elections. This plot to rig the forthcoming elections, is a recipe for violence. They will not succeed in whatever they are planning. The world will be informed about their criminal activities”, he said.
The Governor speaking further, stated that the negative actions of President Muhammad Buhari’s administration, indicate that they would not accept defeat, when they lose the forthcoming elections.
He advised Buhari to emulate former President, Goodluck Jonathan, who placed Nigeria above personal consideration.
“I do not think this administration will accept defeat; they should emulate former President, Goodluck Jonathan, who lost election and accepted the outcome. There was no litigation. He went back home and did not generate crisis.”
Wike added that, Rivers people will not fold their hands and allow the APC-led Federal Government unleash violence and rig the elections.
He accused the APC-led Federal Government of caging the Judiciary, and making it difficult to determine Electoral disputes in court.
He argued that the conduct of credible elections, rests squarely on the Security Agencies and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, adding that, once the two Agencies act within the law, the polls would be credible.
The Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Founder of Savannah Centre Council on Peaceful and Violence Free Nigeria, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, called on Stakeholders, to work towards peaceful and credible polls.
He stressed that the group is involved in extensive research and consultation to promote peace, and noted that, peace and development are intertwined; hence, they must be encouraged.
Gambari urged Governor Wike to use his national contacts to enhance the culture of peace.
The former Director-General of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Prof. Oshita Oshita, urged the Governor to continue to work in the interest of peaceful polls.