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PDP will continue to win all elections in Rivers State – Wike


Governor Wike said that if elections are conducted ten times in the state, candidates of the PDP will still emerge victorious because  of the commitment  of  the  party to the wellbeing of the people.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, his wife Justice Suzette and Acting National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus at the Rivers State New Year Banquet hosted by the  Governor on Friday night.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that if elections are conducted ten times in the  state,  candidates  of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will still emerge victorious because  of  the commitment  of  the  party to the wellbeing of the people.

He further declared that the people are waiting  for  the  total deployment  of card readers, saying that the defeated APC in Rivers State  will not  win any unit because  the APC  and her sponsors have since betrayed the people.

Addressing  a cross section  of  Rivers people at the state’s  New Year  Banquet  in Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday night, Governor Wike said: “If elections are conducted  ten times in Rivers State,  PDP  will win.

“We are waiting  for  the  card reader, but let me see which unit they (APC) will win”.

Governor  Wike  charged the people of Rivers State  to always respect  the  judiciary irrespective  of   judgments,  noting that the stability  of  the  country depends on the  judiciary. 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Deputy Governor,  Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo and Former Deputy Governor Tele Ikuru  at the Rivers State New Year Banquet hosted by  the  Governor on Friday night.

According to him, his administration  has respected the full separation  of  powers,  which has led to the independence  of the Judiciary  and the Legislative  Arms of Government. 

He expressed happiness that he lived up to his promise to revive the Judiciary  after immediate  past governor Amaechi  closed the courts for two years, pointing  out  that  Amaechi  was the first person  to  take advantage  of  the  revived Judiciary  by rushing to court over the Judicial Commission of Inquiry. 

The governor  added that never again  will the State House of Assembly be subjected to sitting in Government House under the guidance  of  the  governor as was the case before he took over. 

He said: “You don’t need to  control any arm of government.  What  you need is mutual  cooperation  to develop  the state”.

He outlined the achievements  of  his administration  in terms of road infrastructure,  schools development,  empowerment  programmes and health and  agricultural schemes, saying that 2016 would witness more development projects in all sectors  in line with the New Rivers vision.

He said that his administration was able to make landmark  achievements  in seven months because  of  the  support and prayers of a vast majority  of  Rivers people.  He declared  that he will never be distracted, noting  that  his commitment  to serve Rivers State  is total irrespective  of  any outcome. 

The Rivers State Governor said his administration took bank loans  to finance projects ,not for  politicking as rumored and falsely reported in the media.

 “If I take a loan, I would use it to the benefit of the Rivers people. I will not use it to play politics. “   Governor Wike said.

Governor Wike said his administration is interested in  completing abandoned infrastructural projects, provided they impact positively on lives of the people.

He explained that though his administration had paid N 1 .5 b for the foreign  scholarships, it could not continue to fund it because the previous government of Rotimi Amaechi had incurred a debt of N3.5 b for 2013 – 2014 and the 2014 -2015 sessions. He stated that the  decision  was taken  in the overall interest of the state in view of dwindling  finances.

Earlier, State Head of Service,  Mr Rufus Godwins stated that the people  of  the  state  are solidly  in support of Governor Wike because  of  his commitment  to development  of  Rivers State  and his superlative  achievements. 

Former Minister of Sports, Dr Tammy Danagogo said that Governor Wike has lived up to the expectations  of  the  people through  his people  focused programmes  and  projects.

The New Year Banquet,  the first under Governor  Wike’s administration attracted former governors, state and Federal  Legislators, National and State  party officials and critical  stakeholders of Rivers State. 

Simeon Nwakaudu

Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media

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