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Rivers PDP Will Win All Re-run Elections, Wike’s Aide Boast

Posted: Dec 30, 2015 at 9:36 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

*Lauds Govt On Security
By Daniel Abia
The Rivers state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP has expressed strong confidence that the re-run House of Assembly election billed to be scheduled any time soon by the independent national electoral commission, INEC would be a walk-over for the party.
PDP maintain that in view of the over-whelming support enjoyed by the government of Governor Nyesom Wike, which has provided quality services to the people in just six months, “PDP will win even better than it did in the April 11 elections”.
Responding to questions on the fate of the party, the deputy state chairman of the PDP and special adviser to the governor on political matters, Pastor Mowan Etete said “If at a point at which a seating governor (Rotimi Amaechi) from Ikwerre ethnic nationality said Wike would not succeed him and he worked tirelessly to see that come to past, Wike eventually emerged, I see no reason why we will not win back the Assembly seats at the polls”.
Etete noted that the Wike government was working assiduously to impact positively on the lives of the people. “If election is all about the people, we will win better now than before. Wike is providing quality services that Amaechi did not provide in his time. If you look at the allocation that came in Amaechi’s time and compare that to what is coming in now, you will only see that Wike has surpassed Amaechi by far in just six months in terms of service delivery.
“These are things that touch directly on the people. No intimidation will deter the people from voting for the PDP. Bayelsans are not as resolute as Rivers people. But they are able to vote their minds. We are more resolute people, so no intimidation will deter us”.
He also assured the Rivers people that with the effort made so far by the government, elections in the state would be violence-free, adding that Wike administration has identified security as its top priority and is committed to it.
“Certainly the government of Barrister Nyesom Wike has made several provisions to the security agencies to enable them perform maximally. He has also ensured that the roads that leads to the hinterland are passable. It is not just about providing vehicles but good roads also for easy patrol.
“If you go to Borokiri area, a section of the state had been blocked from communication due to bad nature of the road. The eleparanwo axis has been given a face-lift also. I come from a section of the state where if you are going home, you have to stay on the road for several hours because of bad road.
“But because of his intervention today the east/west road that leads to the Ogoni has been fixed by the governor, It is now free, These are all attempt to enhance security. We are doing everything to ensure that the elections are violence-free. However, it is difficult for us to determine what are opponents will be looking at. But as a government, we are doing everything to ensure that that election (House of Assembly) is violence-free”.
Etete however cautioned the youths of the state not to allow themselves to be used by politicians for any wrong doing, stating that government would not spare anybody caught in any violent act or cultism before, during or after the elections.
He enjoined to youths to emulate the progressive disposition of the Rivers state national youth council whose election recently was rated as the most peaceful.
On the issue of repositioning PDP at the center for the 2019 general election, Etete said rebranding was a matter of nomenclature, saying that the name People’s Democratic Party was a people-oriented name.
“If it is people-oriented, it means we must galvanize everybody to be on board. We are coming back to the basics to ensure everybody is brought on board for a greater success. Our opponents have not shown that they are better than PDP from the look of things. Look at what has happened in the National Assembly dominated by the APC.
“There is nothing to show that they are better than the PDP in their change mantra such that could make us to be afraid. Because they have already taken over, it will make us to work even harder to make us better than we were”.
He admitted that the failure of PDP in the last election at the national level was because of “conspiracy by some sections of the nation to strip power from a people they felt was not their birth right to lead. I come to that conclusion because if you look at all the PDP candidates that lose the election in the north, they did not go to the Tribunal, why?
“We felt it was a concession not to disturbed what they already discussed which has come to play. It is quite unfortunate that the conspirators come from two sections of the country that formed the bulk of the population. It was not due to the failure of the PDP but by conspiracy. PDP would have won that election very clearly”, he said.