RIVERS State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said that the Independent National Electoral Commission does not have the capacity to conduct credible elections in the country.
Wike, who made this remark on Tuesday when the German Ambassador to Nigeria. Dr. Bernhard Shlagheck, visit him at the Government House in Port Harcourt, called on the International Community to closely monitor the nation’s electoral process.
The governor explained that it was imperative for the International Community to monitor the 2019 elections in order to stop INEC from manipulating the process.
“INEC does not have the capacity to hold free and fair elections. See what happened in Kano State. INEC says it wants to investigate the under-age voting that took place last week.
“Who gave the children the voter cards? We will not allow anyone to manipulate the electoral system of the country,” Wike said.
He pointed out that due to the failure of the All Progressives Congress, the party was planning to use INEC and security agencies to create crisis and manipulate the electoral system.
The governor said that the cry over the order of elections by the ruling APC revealed their intention to manipulate the process.
Speaking further, the governor urged the German Ambassador to ensure that the Federal Government was committed to the development of the Niger Delta.
Wike explained that despite the resources produced in the Niger Delta, the people have been denied access to infrastructural development.
Earlier, the German Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Bernhard Shlagheck, lauded Wike for his investments in infrastructural development.
Shlagheck pointed out that he was in Rivers State as part of his familiarisation tour of the Niger Delta, adding that he began the tour with the state because of the importance of Rivers in the structure of the region.
The ambassador urged political stakeholders to work for the success of the 2019 general elections.