Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has charged the media to exert pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the amended Electoral Act.
The Governor said the public needed enlightenment on why there should be the electronic transmission of election results to save the nation’s democracy.
Wike, according to a statement by his Special Assistant, Media, Kelvin Ebiri, spoke after he was conferred with the “Gold Prize for Exceptional Leadership,” by the ThisNigeria Media Newspaper in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said considering the importance of the Electoral Act amendment to the survival of the nation’s democracy, the media should make it a priority to exert pressure on the President to sign the amended Act.
He said: “Who are those to benefit more if the direct primaries are conducted? Who are those to benefit more if it is indirect primaries? So it is important that Nigerians should know why there should be electronic transmission of result in order to save our democracy.”
The Governor said free and fair electoral process remained the only way those in position of authority could become accountable to the people.
He maintained that any electoral system that permitted security agencies to rig election and manipulation by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials would not yield accountable governance.