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Election riggers deserve more punishment than army robbers − Wike

Election riggers deserve more punishment than army robbers − WikeElection riggers deserve more punishment than army robbers − Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike said on Tuesday that those who manipulate elections deserve more punishment than armed robbers, because election riggers deprive the people their mandate to gain good government.
Wike, speaking to Professor Stephen Okodudu, Acting Vice-Chancellor (VC), University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT) at Government House, Port Harcourt, State of Rivers, also chided UNIPORT lecturers for destroying the glory of variety by indulgence in mainstream politics.

He said

“Rigging of election is worse than armed robbery. It is better to punish such people more because they have denied the people their mandate and benefits of good governance.”

He notified the newly named UNIPORT Acting VC,

“It is appalling that the appointment of a VC for the institution is also immersed in such political consideration. That is why there is impasse in the emergence of a substantive VC. Politics has penetrated the institution.

“The position of a VC used to be based on merit. The consideration now is different. Every VC wants to align with a politician or is appointed because of such affiliation. In turn, he recruits willing lecturers who will be used to manipulate the electoral process.

“Such trend is destroying the university system. It distracts from the core business of teaching. After manipulating the outcome of an election, you will turn around to say leaders are not doing anything.

“You make it possible for bad leaders to emerge and you bemoan their inefficiency in office. How can you exonerate yourselves from such leadership?”

He charged Okodudu to lead restoration of the glory of UNIPORT, recalling that the varsity used to be one of the best in academics, character moulding and leadership in the country.

“We want the glory of the school restored to what it used to be. My Commissioner for Commerce whose husband lectures in UNIPORT informed me about that bad section of the East-West Road. I quickly sent the State Road Maintenance Agency to fix it”, he said.

The Acting VC, named to serve for six months in which he is supposed to restore peace, told Wike that machinery has already been set in motion to achieve the target, thanking the Governor for his dogginess in providing quality services to grow the state including several UNIPORT supports.

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