GOVERNOR Nyesome Wike of Rivers State in Southern Nigeria has warned the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) against incubating any political scheme aimed at subverting the will of the electorate in the 2019 elections.
Wike said that no matter the antics of the APC administration under President Muhammadu Buhari's watch, the Nigerian people will insist on credible polls in 2019.
The governor who was speaking at Asaba, the Delta State capital on Sunday night during the meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee and their Governors Forum, declared that the party will win the Presidential election in 2019 because Nigerian populace is yearning for the return of a pro-people governance.
He alleged that though the APC administration and unnamed electoral officials are plotting to subvert the will of the people, ''they will be resisted by Nigerians''.
According to Governor Wike, ''if democratic principles are respected, those pretending to be seeking a second term after a woeful performance would have declined to contest elections. We are going to win the Presidency in 2019. We take it for granted that we have won our governorship, National Assembly and state Houses of Assembly seats.''
Adding, he said, ''Frankly speaking, If Nigeria is a country where democracy is a democracy, so many won't talk about contesting the election. Because first of all you need to tell the people what you have done for them. What will they come to tell Delta people that they have done in the area? Nothing. What is their confidence? What will they say they have done in the Niger Delta?
"What they don't understand is that we are more prepared now than in the past. Anybody who thinks that he can come and rig us out will fail'', he said, pointing out that the fight against corruption must include the struggle for the promotion of a credible democratic electoral process.
He said: "Part of corruption that we must fight is the corruption of stealing people's mandate. That is the biggest corruption. When we get that right, other things will fall into place. It is corruption when you don't allow those who have won to be declared as winners.
''Nigeria goes to smaller countries to observe how elections are conducted but are unable to conduct credible polls'', insisting that no matter the antics of the APC Federal Government, Nigerians will insist on a credible election in 2019”.