Riers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has boasted that the state remains that of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), adding that the people were satisfied with the party and his achievements so far.
He said the PDP has come to rescue the state after the immediate past the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration squandered state resources without tangible development
According to Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Governor, Electronic Media, the Governor stated this at a Special Thanksgiving Service and dedication of awards bestowed on him by the Christian Association of Nigeria, Sun Newspapers, Authority Newspapers and Independent Newspapers on Sunday at the Saint Paul’s Anglican Cathedral.
Governor Wike regretted that APC leaders continue to fight against Rivers State to the extent of trying to stop Sun Newspapers from enthroning him as Sun Governor of the Year, 2016.
Governor Wike said: “They should forget about this state. No matter the level of security force, they will not be able to snatch Rivers State“.
He, however, commended the security agencies who covered the Etche/ Omuma Federal Constituency elections for being professional, despite the pressure from the APC National Leadership.
He also lauded INEC for standing firm for the first time. He noted that INEC attempted to redeem its battered image with the Etche/ OmumaFederal Constituency Election and the Etche State Constituency Election.
According to him: “Whenever a free and fair election is conducted in Rivers State, PDP will win. There is no other party here in Rivers State.”
On his superlative performance, Governor Wike stated that his delivery of pro-people projects stems from the fact that he is focused despite the distractions from the Federal Government and her agencies.
He said that the progressive development of Rivers State is a function of determined application of scarce resources.
The Governor said: “Some many APC leaders from Rivers State are very bitter that we are succeeding where they failed. They got between N23bn and N27bn monthly but have nothing on ground to show for their eight years in government.
“We get between N6bn and N7bn during a period of recession, yet we have transformed Rivers State. By the time we finish our first term, Rivers people will know the true meaning of good governance “, he said.
He commended political leaders, Rivers State House of Assembly and other stakeholders for supporting the success of his administration
Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared Jerome Eke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the concluding election into Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency in Rivers.
The election was conducted on Saturday.
Prof. Jeremiah Sola-Omotola, the Returning Officer, made the declaration at INEC office in Port Harcourt.
He said that the Eke secured 15,221 votes to defeat Ogbonna Nwuke of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who got 6,220 votes.
The PDP also won the Etche State Constituency II election with 4,162 votes, while the APC garnered 1,618 votes.
The Returning Officer for the election, Olatubosun Odusanya, made the announcement at INEC office in Port Harcourt.
However, the APC in Rivers has called on INEC not to contradict itself in announcing the results of Etche/Omuma elections.
Chris Finebone, the state Publicity Secretary of the party, made the call in a statement on Sunday in Port Harcourt.
He said that the elections for Etche State Constituency and Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency were formally declared inconclusive by the Returning Officers, Prof. Olatunbosun Odusanya and Prof. Omotola respectively at Okehi on Saturday.
“’They (Returning Officers) subsequently announced that the conclusion of the process will take place today (Sunday) or on Monday,” the statement said.
Finebone said the party said was taken aback by signals indicating that Mrs May Agbamuche-Mbu, the National Electoral Commissioner in charge of Rivers, ordered that the results of the inconclusive elections should be announced.
He reminded INEC that in line with the relevant sections of the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), only the returning Officers were empowered to announce results of elections.
“The APC strongly urges INEC not to go ahead to declare results for elections that it had earlier announced as inconclusive.
“Doing so will signpost gross violation of its own rules and demonstrate the height of inconsistency and illegality on the part of INEC.
“We urge INEC to proceed to conclude the elections without further delay before declaring the results accordingly,” the statement said