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S’Court Judgment: Wike approves Jan 27 as annual public holiday


*Says election riggers will be treated as armed robbers 

“Every January 27 will be observed as a public holiday in this state because that is the day God came down to save Rivers State.”  – Gov Nyesom Wike

Wike and co celebrating Supreme Court judgment

The Rivers State Government has approved January  27 every year as a public holiday  to mark the  survival  of  the  state  from the forces of  political  conspiracy  who attempted  to  subvert the mandate of  the  people. 

The Supreme Court delivered her judgment validating Governor Wike’s election on January 27, 2015.

Also  on Tuesday,  Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike reiterated  his warning to those planning  to  rig the  rerun  elections  in  Rivers state,  noting that they will be treated as armed robbers by the people.

Addressing thousands  of civil servants  at the  State Civil Service  Secretariat in Port Harcourt,  Governor Wike  said  that  the public  holiday  signifies God’s  intervention  in the affairs  of  Rivers State. 

He said: “Every January 27 will be observed as a public holiday in this state because that is the day God came down to save Rivers State.  What people must understand is that power comes from God. We know God speaks last and he has spoken”.

The governor also announced that Friday, February 5, will be observed as a public holiday to enable all Rivers people to prepare the rerun elections. 

Governor  Wike  urged the civil servants  and  other Rivers  people to ensure they vote for PDP  candidates  in  the re-run elections to promote  harmony  in governance  and  sustain the  development  agenda of the state government. 

He pointed out that the defeated APC in the State plans to use the rerun elections to enter the political arena through the window haven been shut out by the people and the Supreme Court.  

Governor Wike said: “When someone cannot come through the door, he may want to come through the window.  Rivers people must not allow them. Our people must stop them from entering through the window to obstruct the good works of this administration “.

Speaking  further on the rerun  elections,  Governor   Wike  said  that  the  will of the Rivers people will prevail,  adding  that the use of security  forces and other electoral officials  to rig the process will fail woefully. 

According  to  him, the people  believe  in the transformational leadership of  the  PDP,  stressing  that  it was exhibited in Bayelsa State,  where the use of force by security  agents failed to deliver  electoral victory. 

He said: “Anyone who plans to rig an election is an armed robber and should be treated as such. If you are coming to rig an election in the state, first prepare your will before embarking on the journey.  Inform your wife or husband and go ahead to say your last prayer.

“When they used the security forces in Bayelsa State, it didn’t work.  It will also not work here in Rivers State.  Rivers State is a peaceful state and our people are peace loving. We want to remain so”.

The governor assured civil servants and pensioners that his administration will continue to pay their salaries and pensions. He said all welfare issues will be given top priority. 

He, however,  stated that  steps will be taken by the administration  to verify the actual  number of civil servants  and  pensioners  to stop payment  to non-existent  beneficiaries. 

The governor added that the administration will work out modalities to improve the state’s internally generated revenue. 

Earlier, Head of the State Civil Service, Barrister Rufus Godwins commended the governor for being up to date in the payment of salaries and pensions.  He assured the governor of the loyalty of the workers.

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