I have been vindicated that Buhari will not sign electronic transmission bill – Wike


By Ignatius Chukwu

*As Gov Seyi Makinde flags-off 27.12km Chokocho-Igbodo Road project

Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says he has been vindicated on his prediction that President Muhammadu Buhari would not sign the electronic transmission law.

This is as the governor has flagged off the construction of the much-talked about Chokocho-Igbodo Road that would connect to Okpala in Imo State, the new route since Port Harcourt-Aba Road expressway collapsed.

Gov Wike also said the National Assembly (NASS) lacks the temerity to veto Buhari’s refusal to sign the Electoral Act amendment bill because, as he put it, the parliament is part of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) scheme to deny Nigerians free, fair and transparent election in 2023.

Wike had however pressed Buhari not to sign the bill because of direct primaries clause, saying he would take the FG to court if they did. 

Gov Wike brought in Gov Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on to join him in the flag-off which took place in Etche Local Government Area.

Wike recalled how most people did not believe him when he raised the concerns that President Buhari would not sign the Electoral Act amendment bill into law to give legal impetus to electronic transmission of election results.

Gov Wike stated that having known the modus operandi,  style and strategy of the APC, it was obvious to him and 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.

According to him, the APC members are afraid that if results are transmitted electronically, they would not survive the 2023 general elections. 

He accused APC governors and their National Assembly members of deceiving Nigerians that they were engaged in 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.

Governor Wike said the lawmakers were not interested in protecting the interest of Nigerians and ensure that elections are free and fair with the electronic transmission of election results.

The governor said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is different because it is waxing stronger as a true political party and working everyday in improving the socioeconomic conditions of the people in PDP controlled states.

Speaking about the 27.12km Choocho-Igbodo Road project, Governor Wike said even if the Federal Government had refused to fix the road for years, he is available to solve the problem.

According to him, 40 percent of the contract sum has been paid already to the contractor, Setraco Nigeria Limited, to complete the project on schedule, within the next 12months.

Governor Wike berated an Etche politician in Abuja who brought FERMA (Federal Road Maintenance Agency) to do repair works when he heard that the State Government has opted to reconstruct the road.

Performing the flag-off, Gov Makinde described Gov Wike as a visionary leader whose pattern of development is creating economic corridor, not only within Rivers State but linking it up to the neighbouring three States.

Providing the description of the project, Rivers State Commissioner for Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi, said the Chokocho-Igbodo Road serves Rivers and some neighbouring States in the South-East. He gave technical dimensions saying it is about 21km long and would be 11.3m wide with adequate drainage.  

“In the next 12 months the road will be completed and from thence onward we would all enjoy as nice a driving experience as we do on the 21km long Odufor Umuoye Road also here in Etche LGA.”