Over hundred thousand Rivers people from the 23 local government areas of the state, yesterday, formally declared their endorsement of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential candidate, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to lead Nigeria out of the woods.
The Rivers people who took over the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt and its environs displayed several PDP Campaign promotional materials, sang pro-Atiku and Pro-Wike songs to emphasise their preference.
Governor Nyesom Wike of the state, at the event, assured that Rivers people will vote for Atiku Abubakar.
He said Rivers people believe in the capacity of Atiku Abubakar to develop the country.
Governor Wike said that PDP represents the light the country is craving for, while APC is neck deep in darkness.
“APC is darkness and PDP is light. APC is dictatorship and PDP means freedom. Rivers people have chosen to vote light and freedom; hence all our votes are for the PDP. Rivers State is Atikulated.”
Former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia said the choice of Atiku Abubakar as PDP Presidential candidate is divine. He said God has chosen Atiku Abubakar to solve the problems of Nigeria.
Atiku, in his address, assured that his incoming administration will address the infrastructural needs of Rivers State and the South-South.
He announced that the Ports in Rivers State will be revived for the purpose of job creation, economic growth and massive development of the state.
He noted that the incoming administration will complete the East-West Road started by the Obasanjo/Atiku administration, but abandoned by the failed APC Federal Government.
“APC has not done anything for Rivers State, South-South and the Niger Delta.”
Atiku Abubakar vowed to protect the constitution, saying he will uphold the rule of law, separation of powers and checks and balances.
“I will protect the constitution. I will not interfere with the National Assembly because I believe in the Separation of Powers. I will not interfere with the judiciary because I believe in checks and balances. I will uphold the rule of law,” he said.
He condemned President Muhammadu Buhari for preaching violence in Zamfara State.
“We are not going to allow anyone to knock our heads and make us fight in this country. We want peace, we want development, we want jobs. We are not ready to fight ourselves again. Any leader who has come to instigate to fight, we will use our ballot papers to throw them out. Buhari must go,” he said.
Atiku described Wike as a true leader and devoted politician who has transformed Rivers State and defended the survival of the PDP.