Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike said his criticism of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, should not be misunderstood to mean that there is the irredeemable crisis in the party.

The governor also maintained that since he lacks the capacity to decamp to another political party, particularly the All Progressives Congress, APC, he would continue to speak out against perceived abnormalities in the PDP to ensure that it does not die.

He made this clarification when friends and political associates paid him a surprise visit to felicitate with him and his wife, Justice Suzzette, on his birthday at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

Governor Wike explained that as a founding member of the PDP, he would continue to speak against whatever is militating against the progress of the party irrespective of who is in charge of the NWC.

He said he had experienced several persecutions in his political journey and cannot imagine if any other governor had been fought like him and survived.

Wike said he would continue to stand on the path of truth to defend the interest of the state.

According to him, anyone who is opposed to the interest of Rivers State would never be considered a friend.

He acknowledged God’s benevolence towards him and his family, particularly for the privilege to become governor.

The governor said his preoccupation has always been to use every opportunity he has in public service to advance society and improve the quality of life of the people.

He dismissed the insinuation that he is concentrating development in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

“I want to challenge anyone to tell me which local government that you can’t find the presence of our government. I can tell you exactly what we are doing in each local government.

“People say all your development is in one area.  I say fine, it means there is development. However, it is concentrated in one area. I should be happy that I have come to develop part of the state. When you come too, you can develop another part. No person can develop the whole state,” he said.

Speaking on behalf of the Rivers State Executive Council, the Deputy Governor, Ipalibo Harry Banigo said Governor Wike had been a friend and leader who is focused, vibrant and determined to fulfill his promises to Rivers people.

According to her, his development signatures are not only on the six flyover bridges constructed to ease traffic difficulties in Port Harcourt and Obio-Akpor but also in upgraded and new hospitals, quality schools, harmonized taxes, and waivers in order to help businesses to grow.

Chairman of the National Assembly Caucus of the PDP, Senator George Sekibo said they are delighted to have the governor on the saddle because he has continued to drive development to every local government area.

He said they are motivated by his leadership and have resolved to also stand up courageously to defend the interest of Rivers people and the government at all times.

On his part, the South-South Zonal Vice Chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih said members of the party in the South-South region are proud of Governor Wike whom he said had become the shining light of the party.


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