Nyesom Wike, Rivers State Governor has attributed the widespread voter apathy towards the governorship and state House of Assembly elections in the state to the outcome of the presidential and National Assembly elections. According to information gathered from Daily Post, the governor made this comment shortly after he cast his vote in Ward 9, unit 7, Rumueprikom in Obio-Akpor LGA of Rivers State.
Wike said while speaking to the press that the people did not get what they expected in the presidential election, they got discouraged. However, he said people can’t be forced to vote. He said, “Well, when the first elections come and go, and people don’t get what they want, obviously they are discouraged. The number is still ok. You can’t force people to go and vote.”
He went applauded the security agencies for making the election peaceful. He said, “I’m happy with the peaceful nature of the election. It means that the security agencies are doing what they are supposed to do.”
On the performance of INEC, Wike noted that there was an improvement. He said, “From what I have seen, and I have not heard any complaints, I can say they’ve done very well. So, it’s just a question of percentage. They have improved more than what we had on the 25th of February.”
It will interest you to note that rate of voter apathy in the second phase of the 2023 general election is unprecedented. In some states, the youths were seen playing football. In some polling units, the number of voters that came out to vote was very poor.