Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, says members of the National Assembly lack the guts and boldness to veto President Muhammadu Buhari’s withholding of assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
Wike was reacting to President Buhari’s refusal to sign the Bill into law on Tuesday, said the right thing for the lawmakers to do would be to override the President by using their veto power, but according to the Governor, the reverse is the case as the lawmakers are too timid and do not have what it takes to go against Buhari.
Wike added the real reason for Buhari’s refusal to assent to the Bill was because “it was part of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scheme to allegedly deny Nigerians free, fair and transparent election in 2023.”
Wike who bared his mind on Tuesday following the controversy generated by Buhari’s action, said the only way for Nigerians not to repeat the 2015 and 2019 mistakes of voting the APC-led federal government into power was to send them packing in 2023.
“Three weeks ago, I told Nigerians that there is a conspiracy not to have a free, fair, transparent election in 2023 and that conspiracy was very clear. And I told Nigerians, Mr President will not sign the Electoral Act amendment bill,” Wike said.
Wike said he knows the “modus operandi, style and strategy of the APC, and it is obvious to all discerning minds that the clause on direct primaries was inserted into the Electoral Act amendment bill as a ploy for the president to refuse assent to the bill.”
He accused the APC governors and their National Assembly members of allegedly deceiving Nigerians that they were engaged in a battle of supremacy over the issue of direct primaries, whereas they had secretly agreed to scuttle the possibility of transmitting election result electronically in 2023.
“What APC resolved in one the secret meetings they had was that their problem is not necessarily direct primaries, but the electronic transmission of result in 2023.