▪Rivers people elected their governor on March 9
By Kalada Jumbo
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that it is not the portion of Rivers people to have a sole administrator as the enemies of the state are plotting, because Rivers people overwhelmingly voted for their preferred candidate on March 9, 2019, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Mr Simeon Nwakaudu.
This is as 86 Political Parties conceded defeat to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike over the Rivers State Governorship Election during a solidarity visit to the governor at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday, March 22.
Speaking during the the Solidarity Visit, Governor Wike said: “No matter how delayed, Rivers State will have an elected Governor.
“It is not the portion of Rivers State to have a sole administrator. Our people voted on March 9 and Rivers votes will count”.
Governor Wike said that when the PDP is declared winner of the Rivers State Governorship elections, he will operate a government of unity.
“If we are declared winner of the election, we will operate a government of unity. We will rally everybody together in the interest of the state”, he said.
The governor stated that he heard that Minister of Transportation is threatening that blood will flow in the State. He said the blood of peace loving Rivers people will not be spilled on the account of politics.
He wondered why a candidate who told the world that he won the state Governorship Election would turn around to call for the cancellation of the same election.
The governor urged all Rivers people to remain patient and allow INEC to carry out their responsibilities of Collation and Declaration of the State Governorship Election.
He said that people can manipulate, but the will of God will prevail in the state. He said the APC Elders who wrote the petition against the state election cannot win their respective polling units. He said whoever loves the state will not generate crisis for the state.
Earlier, the Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Rivers State, Sir Precious Baridoo said that from results at their disposal from their polling agents, Governor Wike has won the Rivers State Governorship election.
He said: “We are also here to concede defeat to you as far as the March 9, 2019 Governorship election in Rivers State is concerned. We are conceding defeat because of the polling units results available to us from our respective polling agents.
“From polling units results sent to us by our agents from the field, we acknowledge that you won the Governorship Election by a landslide. The people of Rivers State overwhelmingly voted for you and they have resolved that you continue to lead the State”.
IPAC Rivers State condemned the APC Elders sponsored by Amaechi to write President Muhammadu Buhari to interfere with the Rivers State Governorship election.
He said: “It is for this reason that we condemn the six APC Elders sponsored by the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to illegally interfere with the Collation Process of the Rivers State Governorship election. These APC Elders have no right to speak for Rivers people.
“This is especially so when our people have massively voted for you on March 9. It is abominable for any APC Elder to deliberately work with the Minister of Transportation to subvert the will of Rivers people.
“We, therefore call on the former Rivers State Governor, Chief Rufus Ada George, Alabo T.O Graham Douglas , Prof D.M.J. Fubara, Chief Samson Agbaru, Rear Admiral O. Fingesi (rtd) and Group Capt J.I. Ben-Kalio who are known APC members to publicly apologise to Rivers people for this ungodly political mischief. These APC Elders should retrace their steps in the interest of Rivers State”.
They warned the security agencies against further steps to subvert the will of Rivers people.
He said: “Going forward, we call on the security agencies to stop all further attempts aimed at subverting the will of Rivers people. We urge the security agencies to remove themselves from the democratic processes of Rivers State and restrict themselves to their constitutional roles.
“We are aware of the persistent plots by the security agencies to thwart the Collation and declaration processes of the Rivers State Governorship Election already won by Your Excellency, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike. We urge the relevant authorities to take immediate steps to call these security agencies to order because under no circumstances shall we allow them to manipulate the mandate of Rivers people”.
They urged INEC to follow through with their Collation and Declaration of the Rivers State Governorship Election Results. While congratulating Governor Wike, they stated that they will participate in his victory party.
Other party leaders also declared their solidarity for Governor Wike, whom they acknowledged won the March 9 elections.