Saturday, January 14, 2023



Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has said that the recent resignation of former Minister of Health and member of Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prof. Alphonsus Nwosu from the party, has vindicated the demand of the G-5 for equity, fairness and justice.

The Governor warned that if the party remained adamant and failed to zone the national chairmanship position to the South, it shoul be willing to face a grave repercussion.

Wike spoke when stakeholders of Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area paid a solidarity visit to him at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Saturday.

The Governor said that he had continued to challenge the party on the equality of everybody insisting that nobody should be treated as a second class citizen.

He said: “I have continued to challenge them. What is the problem? What are we fighting for? What I said and will continue to say is that all of us are from this country. Nobody is a second class citizen.

“We are agreed that this is how our party will be. Recently Prof. A.B.C Nwosu resigned from the party saying that his conscience will not allow him, that the constitution of the party is clear, if you take this, these other people will take that. Why now are we saying that we won’t do it again?

“What the people are saying is look, you have taken this, let these people take that and you are saying you will take all. If you take all, you will also face the repercussions.”

The Governor declared that anybody fighting the state would surely be defeated at the poll.

He maintained that God had blessed the state so much that he would not allow its adversaries to become victorious because the protective wall still remained difficult to penetrate.

Wike stressed that even if Rivers loved peace, it could not be intimidated and made to succumb to persons, who just wanted to milk it and deny it rightful place in the scheme of national politics.

He said: “You can not fight anybody that God has blessed. God has blessed Rivers State. Anybody fighting Rivers State, you are fighting yourself.

“Nobody can intimidate us. No one State in this country can intimidate Rivers State. If you want to fight us, we will fight you to the last.

“If you want to make peace with us, we will make peace with you to the last. But thinking that anybody will come and intimidate us and then we will chicken out, that is not possible.”

Wike flayed people like Senator George Thompson Sekibo for working against the interest of Rivers and wondered the benefits he could attract to his people.

The Rivers governor described Senator Sekibo as an ungrateful politician, who believed that only he should be the leading light in his local government.

Wike said he ensured that Mr. Akin Fakorede, a former head of the notorious SARS team in Rivers State, did not succeed in stalling the announcement of the 2015 senatorial election of Sekibo adding that he footed his legal fees at the tribunal.

The Rivers governor insisted that it was time the people of Ogu/Bolo local government and all Rivers people stood together against those working against the interest of the state.

Wike announced the award of contract for the construction of Eli Town landing jetty, and the Eteo-Ogu Road in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area.

The Governor also assured the payment of the remaining contractual sums in the coming week for the remodelled Junior Secondary School in Ogu, sandfilling project, and Kera-K-Dere Road.

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