The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has said that the 2019 general elections would be difficult with reference to the current critical national issues.
Wike, therefore, called on the organised labour to lend its voice to the demand for credible elections in 2019.
The Rivers governor also counselled labour to demand the reorganisation of the country’s security infrastructure for the safety of Nigerians.
Wike said this to Ayba Wabba, the president of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) at the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt when the latter paid him a courtesy visit.
He said, “This country belongs to all of us. Labour can no longer keep quiet on critical national issues. Labour should lend her voice on the issue of the overhaul of the security architecture.
“Labour should come out strongly to ensure that the 2019 general elections are transparent and credible. Credible polls will lead to greater service to the people by elected officials.”
The governor said it was embarrassing to the image of the country for security agencies to be seen stealing ballot boxes during elections.
He wondered why some leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, are insisting that performance should not be the yardstick for re-election.
“If projects cannot make people return to office, what should make people return to office? I know that 2019 will not be as easy as they think because people are warming up to resist any form of political manipulation and rigging. Workers should show seriousness so that votes must count”, he said.