Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the APC Government can deploy as many security agents as they want for the rerun elections, but the vigilant people of the state will courageously protect their votes and mandate.
He stated that the immediate past governor of the state sold state assets for $310million (three hundred and ten million United States dollars), pocketed the entire proceeds for which he has been indicted.
Addressing thousands of PDP faithful in Abua/Odual Local Government Area during a special thanksgiving service to commemorate his Supreme Court victory, Governor Wike accused the APC Federal Government of playing politics with security of lives and property in Rivers State.
He said over the last nine months, the APC Federal Government has redeployed three police commissioners in the state with the heads of other security agencies juggled frequently to ensure that they don’t have a grasp of the security on ground.
According to him, ahead of the rerun elections, the APC Federal Government has embarked on mass security transfers. He noted that pliant security operatives have been deployed with directives to rig the elections.
He declared: “They can bring as much security personnel into the state as they wish, but the people will protect their votes. We will never go back to the era of darkness when Rivers resources are stolen to fund external political activities.”
On security in the state, Governor Wike stated that he has provided logistics support to all security agencies for them to tackle cult-related violence in different communities. He said several cultists have been arrested by different security agencies in the state , with most of them facing prosecution.
He said the fact that APC leaders claim the corpses of victims of cultism prove the security information that the party is sponsoring cult related violence in the state.
“By always claiming victims of cultism, the APC has exposed to the world the fact that they are sponsors of cultism and violence “, he said.
On the completion of abandoned projects, Governor Wike said that he is committed to ensuring that finances of the state are not wasted.
He noted that his administration has completed and initiated new projects across the key urban centres in line with the need to revive decaying infrastructure.
Governor Wike, however, said that his administration will not complete the monorail project because it is relevant to the state.
He said since peace has returned to Abua/Odual Local Government Area his administration will commence the construction of roads and rehabilitation of schools in the area.
Also speaking, PDP House of Representatives candidate for Abua/Odual/Ahoada-East constituency, Mrs Betty Apiafi commended Governor Wike for his outstanding achievements which have lifted the living standards of the people.
At the palace of the Traditional Ruler of Abua/Odual Local Government Area, King Kaleh Obuge, Oda Abuan of Abua, blessed Governor Wike for his commitment to the development of the state.
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media
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