Nyesom Wike, Rivers State governor, has lamented the inability of the country to conduct credible elections after years of practising democracy.
Wike stated this on Friday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, during a solidarity visit by the leaders and people of Okrika and Ogu/Bolo Local Government Areas.
“It is unfortunate that up till now, we cannot conduct free and fair elections in Nigeria.
“It is unfortunate that the giant of Africa, lacks the capacity to conduct credible elections,” he said.
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While commending the Wakirike women for defending the Rivers mandate against the invading soldiers, the governor urged the people of the state to always ensure that their votes count during elections.
“At all times, continue to defend and protect the Rivers mandate”, he added.
He noted that out of the N100 million meant for the empowerment Programme for the courageous women of Wakirike ethnic nationality, N50 million has been reserved for Okrika LGA and N50 million for Ogu/Bolo LGA.
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Wike commended Wakirike people for maintaining peace in the area, saying that his administration will fulfil key developmental pledges to them.