The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has stated that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Police are responsible for electoral fraud in Nigeria.
Wike disclosed this when the new Rivers State resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mr Obo Effanga on Tuesday paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Port Harcourt .
The governor said that if the two agencies play by the electoral rules, elections will be credible and peaceful in the country.
He, however, urged INEC to conduct credible polls in 2019.
“If you resist it and conduct free and fair elections, every elected officer will have no choice but to perform. If the person does not perform, the person knows that re-election will be difficult,” Wike said.
“You should use this opportunity to avert electoral crisis in Rivers State by conducting credible elections. We are heightening projects delivery because we want to build the confidence of the people that their mandate is not taken for granted. If we are relying on INEC, we will not work for the people.”
“We don’t have any pressure to bring to you. We have no business to pressurise you. Our business is on the field. To work for the people.
“Those who are doing nothing, but who believe they are in power and they must rig elections, are those that will bring pressure to you. Resist that pressure and conduct credible polls. “
“If you rig elections here, anywhere you go, you will not find peace in your life. If you do the right thing, peace will be abundant in your life,” he said.
“We are 248 days to the 2019. INEC is committed to credible polls. But credible elections depend on so many fact factors including the stakeholders. We expect the stakeholders to play by the rules, “ he said.