Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has hinted that talks with his political allies on the presidential candidate to support in the February 25 election will soon be concluded.
The governor, maintained that the people of the state knew their political bearings and would not play second fiddle concerning the general election slated for February 25th and March 11th, 2023.
Governor Wike spoke at St. Martin’s Anglican Church, Omagwa Town, venue of the local government campaign flag-off rally of the Rivers State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ikwerre local government area on Tuesday.
The governor explained that Rivers people had been duly sensitised and told to vote the candidates of PDP for governorship, Senate, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly.
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He informed that the beauty of the forthcoming election was that it would leave no room for any form of electoral manipulation and intimidation from security personnel.
Governor Wike, allegorically, told them to be sure that all votes must be put in one basket in favour of candidates of the PDP in the state.
“Nobody should intimidate you. Nobody should tell you any story. We are free born of this country. We are not second class citizens. Nobody can tell us anything. I dare them. Let anybody do any funny thing, We’ll tell them we are from Rivers State.”
He emphasised that it will be a case of one man, one vote and no blackmail could dissuade or thwart the collective resolve of the people on who to support with their votes.
The governor, who urged the people to be calm, maintained that when the final decision of the presidential candidate the state would support would be taken, Rivers electorate would be notified.
“As we finish from here now, you’ll go home and start working before the appropriate time when we will ring the bell. When you hear the bell being rang, know that the decision has been taken.”
Governor Wike explained that governance was not about story telling but in performance that translated into making living easier for the people and seeing them happy.
He said the successes of his administration was what the consolidation team, to be headed by the PDP governorship candidate, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, would consolidate and therefore, should be elected to continue from where he would stop.
That is why, Governor Wike insisted, that the forthcoming election would be a fight to the finish so that those who had now placed themselves as enemies of the state, to sell it would be taught a lesson.
Governor Wike told the people of Ikwerre Local Government that in 2015 and 2019 he came to seek their support, made promises and had fulfilled all of them with development projects evenly distributed in all the 13 political wards.
The governor said the members of the consolidation team he was asking the people to vote into power were men and women with capacity to continue the tenets of good governance and would certainly not disappoint them.
Governor Wike disclosed that the Rivers State government had awarded contract for the construction of Ubima-Ozuoha road.
In his speech, Rivers State PDP governorship candidate, Sir. Siminialayi Fubara, said he was part of the administration of Governor Wike that had provided good governance and driven unequal infrastructural development agenda.
He pointed out that a vote for him would further be an expression of confidence in what Governor Wike had done, which he would consolidate when elected.