As we draw closer to the 2019 general elections, the Governor of Rivers State has given a stern warning to all politicians plotting to rig the 2019 general elections in Rivers State
Wike warned that nobody will be allowed to manipulate elections, irrespective of the deployment of soldiers and security agencies.Speaking during the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, campaign rally at Okrika Local Government Area of the state, yesterday, Wike said those who attempt to rig elections in the state will be made to face the consequences.Wike stated that people of the state have resolved to defend their votes across the 4442 polling stations.
He said: “Nobody can subvert the will of Rivers people during the forthcoming general election.Anybody who comes to rig in the state will face the consequences. Allow Rivers people to vote persons of their choice. Nobody can steal our votes in Rivers State.Ensure you defend your votes. Nobody can hijack materials here in Okrika.”
It will be recalled that Rivers State governor and governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and his Accord Party counterpart, Dumo Lulu-Briggs boycotted the governorship debate organised by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) News Pidgin.
The duo were among the six governorship candidates selected electronically to participate in the much-publicised debate, which was aired live in three national television stations.Those present at the occasion were the governorship candidates of the Labour Party (LP), Isaac Wonwu; African Democratic Party (ADP), Victor Fingesi; Social Democratic Party (SDP), Precious Elekima and African Democratic Congress (ADC), Ineye Braide However, supporters of Lulu-Briggs and the Accord Party were in their numbers at The Hub Event Centre, Peter Odili Road, Port Harcourt, venue of the governorship debate.Speaking at the debate, SDP governorship candidate, Elekima, vowed to continue the monorail project started by the administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, but with a new link to Isaka community in Okrika local government area of the state. He promised to create employment for the teeming unemployed through the setting up of no fewer than 92 industries within four years, saying: “I want peace for every Rivers man because if we don’t have peace, it will worry us.We will stop stealing of government funds and create employment through industrialisation. I will create jobs opportunities in 6 months and 92 industries in four years. By next fours years, we won’t be able to sell our oil again. We need to diversify.”On his part, the ADP governorship candidate, Fingesi, said if elected his administration will provide funds for the setting up of modular refineries in order to discourage illegal oil bunkering.
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