Former Minister of Transportation and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi has alleged that Prof Mahmood Yakubu became the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the recommendation of a camp loyal to the president-elect, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu.
The former Rivers State Governor, who voted midday, while decrying what he called a total failure of governance in Nigeria, also said that his political party did not contest against the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the police.
Amaechi after voting in his hometown, Ubima Ward 8 Unit 14 said, “There is a total failure of governance in the country. Complete failure. Police are helping PDP to arrest APC members, arrest SDP members.
“Gongs are being beaten about in the whole communities asking people who will not vote PDP not to come out or they would be beaten. People are being beaten, the governor (Wike) has declared people wanted and nobody has spoken.
“The governor has no right to declare anybody wanted. The IG (Inspector General of Police) is doing nothing, nobody is doing anything. Complete failure. There is voter apathy in Rivers. Nobody wants to come out because people are scared.
“INEC is complete failure. There are those of us who opposed the reappointment of Yakubu Mahmood. The person who nominated him is a member of Tinubu’s camp. So what are you expecting?
“Here in Rivers State, Mahmood worked under Wike as Executive Secretary of TETFund, so what you are having in Rivers is that APC and other parties are contesting, not against PDP, but against INEC, against Police”
Meanwhile, Governor Nyesom Wike who was accredited at his Obio Akpor Ward 9 Unit 7 and voted 11:16 am said, “I can say they (INEC) have done very well unlike what we had on February 25. They have improved more than what we had in February.”
On the conspicuous voter apathy, the governor said, “When the first election came and went, if people didn’t get what they want, they’re discouraged. And you can’t force people to vote.”