Thousands of Rivers people turned out on the streets of Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas on Saturday to celebrate Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
Singing and dancing, the men and women of Rivers State declared their unwavering support for Governor Wike as he proceeds into his second term.
A happy Governor Wike, waved and exchanged pleasantries with the market women, men and youths. The governor was on a tour of on-going projects. He visited Mile One Market, Fruit Garden Market and Judges Quarters.
The Governor was accompanied on the project inspection by Former Deputy Governor, Engr Tele Ikuru, Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara, Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah, Former Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo, Former Minister of Transport, Dr Abiye Sekibo, Edo State PDP Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, House of Representatives member, Ken Chikere, Senator Lee Maeba, Senator Olaka Nwogu, Elder Frank Ohwor and Prince Emma Anyanwu.
At the Mile One , the construction workers sang PDP More Projects. They sang the praises of the governor and stated that they re-elected him because of his outstanding projects delivery.
At the Fruit Garden Market, the Market men and women sang popular Wike Campaign songs, dancing in celebration of his victory at the polls. They thanked God for the victory of the PDP at the Governorship and House of Assembly elections.
Construction workers at the Judges Quarters, Eligbam in Obio/Akpor LGA celebrated Governor Wike, accompanying him all through the inspection.
Speaking after the project inspection, Former Rivers State Deputy Governor, Tele Ikuru said that he is impressed by the projects.
He said: “You see the response of the people. It shows how pleasant what the governor has done means to them. It cannot be otherwise. If you have done well for the people, the people will always stand by you “.
Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Austin Opara said that the Rivers electorate are solidly behind Governor Wike.
“Rivers electorate are solidly behind the Governor. They are behind the PDP. The rating has continued to increased. He has done well and he has delivered. This is a payback period and Rivers people are paying back positively “, Opara said.
Former Minister of Sports, Dr Tammy Danagogo said that the reaction of the people shows that the governor is very popular.
He said: “It is spontaneous. This is an impromptu and unplanned tour. I can tell you that as a Rivers man, I am very happy and proud. This governor has not only provided markets, he has provided world class facilities. We as Rivers people are proud of him.
“Already, Rivers people have given him the opportunity. You know what happened during the elections. Let God crown our efforts, so that he can replicate all these projects “.
Addressing journalists after the projects inspection, Governor Wike stated that he will increase the tempo of projects delivery during his second term.
He said that he is happy with the reception of the people because it proves that Rivers people appreciate his performance.
“You can see that people are happy. If they are happy, we are happy. We are confident of victory at the end of the day.
“It means that the people appreciate what we are doing. They are happy with the PDP. When INEC declares the results, we are sure of victory.
“We assure the people of more projects during our second term. We shall continue to deliver more projects for the people of Rivers State “; he said.
The celebration of Governor Wike’s outstanding projects delivery and victory rest with the people.
BREAKING: PDP Wins Imo Supplementary Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has declared Jerry Alagbaoso of the Peoples Democratic Party the winner of the supplementary election held on Saturday in Orlu/Orsu/ Oru East Federal Constituency in Imo State.
The Returning Officer of the election, Emma Anakwuba, announced the results and returned the PDP candidate under tight security at INEC’s office in Owerri on Tuesday.
This declaration is coming three days after political thugs invaded INEC’s collation centre in collation, tore the election results, accusing the electoral umpire of compromising the exercise.
INEC had already collated results of 14 out of 18 polling units before the hoodlums struck.
The results of the remaining four polling units were collated at the INEC’s headquarters in Owerri on Tuesday and thereafter a winner was announced.
The returning officer said that the PDP candidate polled 22,475 votes to emerge the winner.
According to Anakwuba, the All Progressives Congress candidate, Eddy Iheanacho got 20, 814 votes while All Progressives Grand Alliance got 5,099 votes.
He said, “That Jerry Alagbaoso of the PDP having scored the highest number of votes and satisfied the requirements of the law is returned elected.”
The winner, who was first elected into the house of representatives 2011 was reelected in 2015, was declared winner again in 2019.
An appeal court in Owerri partially canceled his victory in 2019 and ordered a supplementary election in 18 polling units in the federal constituency.
Imo Lawmaker, Uche Ogbuagu Dumps PDP For APC
Uche Ogbuagu, another member of the Imo State House of Assembly representing Ikeduru State Constituency, has joined the train of defections to the ruling All Progressives Congress.
In a letter to the Speaker, Ogbuagu, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party announced his decision to switch his party affiliation to the All Progressives Congress.
He said his decision was precipitated by the “unfair” treatment he got in PDP. He said his party switch was in the interest of his constituency.
Ogbuagu, South East’s pioneer tele-comedian, built his political reputation as a critic of former governor Rochas Okorocha.
He is the owner of My Radio FM Owerri and Real FM Aba.
Last week, nine members of the PDP, APGA and Action Alliance joined the APC, following the Supreme Court ruling two weeks ago that ousted the PDP Governor Emeka Ihedioha.
On 15 January, the APC candidate, Hope Uzodinma in the 9 March election was sworn in, triggering the shifts in the House of Assembly.
More members of the House are expected to announce their departure to the APC, to give the party, a working majority.
Don’t Declare Orji Kalu’s Seat Vacant — Opponent Begs NASS
The APGA candidate for Abia North Senatorial seat in the 2019 general elections, Dr. David Bourdex, has appealed to the National Assembly not to declare vacant the seat occupied by Orji Uzor Kalu.
Bourdex, who is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), made the appeal on Monday.
Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on December 5, 2019, sentenced Orji Kalu to 12 years in jail for stealing N7.2bn from the coffers of Abia. The ex-governor was the Chief Whip of the Senate before his incarceration.
Some groups subsequently called on the Senate leadership to declare his seat vacant.
Rejecting the call, Bourdex said that the people of Abia North made their intentions clear by voting Orji Kalu, adding that demanding for his seat to be declared vacant amounted to desperation.
“It is preposterous and presumptuous to make such a demand to declare his seat vacant.
“Granted that the wheel of justice grinds slowly and surely, those of us in politics should strive to follow the rule of law without doing anything to circumvent the process.
“We should stand for fairness; and patience is necessary to ensure that justice is done both for the state and citizens and society at large,” Bourdex said.