Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has urged media houses to enlighten Nigerians on the need for the electoral act amendment to save the nation’s democracy.
Wike stated this on Wednesday in a statement issued to newsmen by Mr Kelvin Ebiri, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media in Port Harcourt.
Wike, in his remark after he was conferred with the “Gold Prize for Exceptional Leadership,” by the ThisNigeria Media Newspaper in Abuja, said it’s important for Nigerians to know why the electoral act amended should be signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said considering the importance of the Electoral Act amendment to the survival of the nation’s democracy, the media ought to deem it a priority to exert pressure on the President to sign the amended Act.
According to Wike, as a watchdog of society, the Nigerian media should enlighten Nigerians on the benefits of both direct and indirect primaries.
“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 the electronic transmission of results in order to save our democracy,” he said.
The Governor said the only way those in positions of authority can become accountable to the people, is when the electoral process is free and fair.
Wike commended the INEC for the successful conduct of the just-concluded Anambra State governorship election.
Wike also urged Nigerians to always deemphasize their ethnic and religious affiliation in order for the country to achieve the desired national cohesion.
“There is the need for all of us to still believe that this country must be united. But, if we want to move forward, we must drop the issue of where you come from, We must drop the issue of where you worship. Overemphasis on these things causes a lot of disintegration and which is not the best for us,” Wike stated.