Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has lambasted the National Assemby over its inability to check the excesses of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Wike while reacting to the Electoral bill debacle had said that President Buhari will not sign it and the National Assembly hasn’t got the courage to override him as provided for in the constitution.
His cynicism is based on the fact that the electronic transmission of results that will make election free and fair is causing panic in the ruling All Progressives Congress.
President Buhari has since denied assent to the bill according to the letter written to the National Assembly to that effect yesterday.
“Three weeks ago I told Nigerians that there is a conspiracy not to have a free, fair, transparent election in 2023 and that conspiracy was very clear. And I told Nigerians, Mr President will not sign the Electoral Act amendment bill.
“What APC resolved in the meeting they had was that their problem is not necessarily direct primaries, but the electronic transmission of results in 2023. If they allow that, obviously APC will lose the election in 2023 and they told themselves that the only way we can survive that is to include the direct primaries in the bill so that Mr President can use that as an excuse, that he will not sign the bill.
“Unfortunately, you don’t have a National Assembly that has what it takes, that will stand for the people, that will say look we were elected by the people and we want to give the people the best. Nobody in the National Assembly, not even the leadership can have what it takes to say “Mr President, for the interest of Nigerians we are going to veto this your refusal.”