.Promises to defend state from “rampaging business partners”
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on Sunday has declared that he would seek re-election for the governorship sit in the state, citing the support of youths from the 23 Local Government Areas as the principal reason for his declaration.
This is contrary to speculations that he was gunning for the position of Vice President in 2019 general elections.The governor also acknowledged the endorsements from women, elders, ethnic nationalities, and non-indigenes from the 23 Local Government Areas as yet another reason to fight for the protection of the state, post-2019.
He spoke before commissioning the Secretariat of the One Million Youths for New Rivers State in Port Harcourt on weekend.Governor Wike said: “I want to tell you that I am prepared for that election (2019). Since the youths are the ones saying that I should come out to contest, I am ready to come out.
“Let the security agencies know that we are prepared. When they are thinking of shooting, they will fall asleep, until the elections are over and we are declared winners”.
Governor Wike stated that alongside other well-meaning Rivers people, those he described as business partners struggling to snatch the state for their pecuniary benefits would be defeated in 2019. “We will not allow two business partners to take over this state. We are aware in Rivers State. Nobody can do to this state the charade that is obtainable in Lagos State.
“People intentionally sold key assets of Rivers State to themselves and now they want to take more through business partnership.
“They sold to themselves the gas turbines, sold to themselves Olympia Hotel and Abonnema Wharf. If we allow them, they will sell the whole GRA to themselves,” he alleged.
The governor said though nobody was against anyone preaching zoning, the will of Rivers people would prevail in 2019.The governor announced that 7,000 qualified persons would be employed into the State Civil Service, noting that over 70 per cent of those to be employed would be youths.
He also stated that youths would take more than 70 per cent of the 10,000 and 4,000 non-academic staff to be employed by his administration.Coordinator of One Million Youths for New Rivers State, Mr. Ehie Edison, said that the movement was borne out of passion and necessity.
He said that the movement was aimed at ensuring that darkness did not take over the state again, adding that Rivers Youths would defend their votes in 2019 and also work for the victory of Governor Wike. A former Minister of Sports, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, praised the One Million Youths for New Rivers State movement for their resounding impact across the state.
“You have joined others to support Governor Wike for re-election. We will support the governor 2019 to 2023,” he said. Rivers State PDP Chairman, Chief Felix Obuah appreciated the youths for their overwhelming support for Governor Wike. He said as an unbiased umpire, the party would flow with the desire of her members.
A special award was presented to the Rivers State Governor by the Secretary of the One Million Youths for New Rivers State, Mr. Major Jack, while the body presented a cheque to Governor Wike to support his re-election campaign.
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