Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has asserted that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is firm in its resolve to offer better governance and willing to take over power in 2023 to change the fortunes of Nigeria.
The governor said this at a special reception on Friday to formally receive into PDP fold the former Deputy Speaker of House of Representatives, Chibudom Nwuche, at Government House, Port Harcourt.
He explained that as a PDP controlled State government, his administration has touched every facet of Rivers State and offered the people the best good governance can afford.
Governor Wike described Chibudom Nwuche as a democrat that can add value to the PDP and not become a liability.
He said, “You’re welcome (Nwuche) to where God belongs. The property that God owns. This property called PDP is owned by God, and that is why it is the only household organisation you can find in this country.
“No matter what happens, PDP is still very strong, very firm and very willing to change the fortune of this country.
“Let everyone understand that here we are not in contention with anybody. We don’t have the complexity to begin to say that people should not come back. People should not say that because Chibudom has come back what I’m supposed to get, I will not get.
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Governor Wike said the last administration in which Dakuku Peterside served as Commissioner of Works promised to construct the Trans-Kalabari road but failed.
“He has come to add to our number. The more, the merrier.”
Speaking further, Governor Wike counselled the All Progressives Congress opposition factions in Rivers State to be more concerned about the APC administration’s performance.
“When he (Peterside )was Commissioner of Works, a project they said that was about N20b, they gave the contractor N1. 5billion as mobilisation. How can the project be completed? And definitely, the money was whacked. Ask him where did they lay the foundation of the Trans-Kalabari road project.
“When he was Commissioner of Works, he awarded the job for shore protection of Queens Town, his own area, and they diverted the money. For him, the diversion of money is good governance.
“If you like abuse me from now until tomorrow, they will not give you ticket. So many people think that it’s only when they say Wike is not doing well then their party in Abuja will see them as the only ones challenging Wike. They know that they’re not in existence here.”
Chibudom Nwuche explained that he made mistakes to leave the PDP out of anger. According to him, he went on sabbatical but has retracted his steps back to where he has found a people-oriented leadership.
“No matter how much they hate you, they can’t deny one fact; you have worked so hard, you have put your heart in this state.
“In politics, you meet all sorts. Some people persecute you, some want to bring you down, but only a few uplift people and he (Wike) is one of them. I am back home. I am a founding member of the party. I began in 1999 with PDP. The PDP has become resilient. It is reinventing itself.
The issues that we noticed are being addressed for the benefit of Nigerians. So, I am glad today that I am being received by the governor.”