Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has told the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to waste its time and resources chasing after the votes of people of the state.
He said Rivers people are too comfortable with the performance of the Peoples Democratic Party-led government in the state to look elsewhere.
According to him, the APC government at the Centre had neglected the state since 2015 adding that it refused to execute any project in the state.
Wike who spoke after inspecting ongoing construction work of the over 13-kilometre Rumuodogo 1 and Rumuodogo 2 road in Emohua Local Government Area of the State on Thursday, said Rivers votes are for PDP alone.
He reiterated that in the last seven years the APC-led Federal Government has denied Rivers State basic amenities, therefore, the people of the State will not support any candidate of the party in the 2023 general elections.
Governor Wike, in an emotion-laden voice, said he remains grateful to God for the privilege to be the one since the creation of Rivers State in 1967, to make Rumuodogo 1 and Rumuodogo 2 accessible by road.
“Emotionally, I am touched. I can’t thank God enough for allowing me to be the person to open up this community. What is governance? The whole essence of governance is for people to be happy and have the feeling that their lives will be turned around.”
His word: “We have shown that we have the capacity and what it takes to govern and govern very well.”
The governor said he will recommend to the incoming PDP government to consider the construction of a bridge that will connect Rumuodogo communities to Harry’s Town in Degema Local Government Area of the State.
“By the grace of God, the next incoming government will look at it and see how they can connect here (Rumuodogo) to the riverine area. That will be part of our recommendation to the next government which by the grace of God will be a PDP government. The other party, APC, they have been there for almost 8 years, they couldn’t do anything.”
Governor Wike, who had earlier inspected ongoing road construction in Mgbuitanwo community also in Emohua LGA, expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done so far by the contractor, Julius Berger.
“Street lights have been fixed and we are very happy with the quality of work done. You can see how happy the villagers are, even without them knowing that I was coming, they came out to show their appreciation.”
His Royal Majesty, Nne-Nwe-Eli Emohua XIII (OLO IV), Ohna Sergeant Chidi Awuse, said by making the remote Rumuodogo 1 and Rumuodogo 2 communities accessible by road, Governor Wike has once again proven that he is indeed a promise keeper.
The monarch said the governor Wike-led administration has made it possible for Rivers people to truly benefit from dividends of democracy.