2019: APC has no electoral value –Wike
Berates prominent natives without homes in Rivers
From Tony John, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) has no electoral value.
Wike said this when he commissioned Igbogo Road in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state.
He alleged APC’s poor performance has devalued the party and pointed out that Nigerians have discovered that the party is full of empty promises, with no accompanying implementation.
“Several promises, not one fulfilled. I have challenged the APC to come to Rivers state and say what they have done. If not for the dependence on security agencies for rigging of elections, no APC member will come forward to contest elections.”
The governor said if democracy is practised in line with the rule of law, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members would have gone to sleep, knowing they will walk over APC in 2019.
On developments in the state, Wike said while other states ended their Democracy Day on Monday, his administration woulwilld continue commissioning of several projects in the coming weeks.
He said for the people of Akpor Kingdom, the administration has executed projects in all the 10 communities of the area.
Wike also disclosed that the state government will start to reach out to supporters, in form of direct empowerment.
Earlier, Commissioner of Works, Iheanyichuwu Bathuel, said the Igbogo Road has revived the community and added value to the residential houses in the area.
The Choba community, in appreciation of the new road, conferred a chieftaincy title on governor Wike.
Meanwhile, the governor has berated prominent Rivers citizens without homes in the state and accused them of teeming up with outsiders to fight the state.
Wike stated this during a state banquet to mark the second anniversary of his administration, at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
He added that only those who have houses in the state will rise in defence of Rivers.
“Anybody, who loves Rivers, it doesn’t matter the political party you belong, you owe it a duty to protect the state.
“It is key to us as we have no other state than Rivers. If a child does not have a house at home, you know that child does not mean well for his parents, his community, local government area and state.
“Those, who don’t own houses in Rivers are those who want the state to be destroyed. All of us, who have one home or the other, owe it a duty to protect the state.”
Governor Wike said he would always stand in defence of Rivers because he had stakes in the state, as one of its prominent residents. “All elders here, you can sleep with your two eyes closed. I will not disappoint you.
Wike said the transformation of the state will continue and added that his administration will build on the achievements recorded in the last two years.