Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State has given the assurance that he would continue to deliver viable people oriented projects in the state until the last day of his administration.
Governor Wike gave the assurance on Thursday 26th November, 2020 while speaking at the formal defection of Directors of Tonye Cole campaign organisation for the 2019 governorship election and their supporters to the PDP at the party Secretariat in Port Harcourt.
The State Chief Executive who was represented by PDP National Vice chairman, South South, Chief Dan Orbi said the party does not need to campaign to win elections in Rivers state due to the quality of projects being executed by the PDP administration in the state.
“His projects are working wonders and I can say this is the only state where PDP does not need to campaign to win elections”, Governor Wike said, and described the movement of people from the APC to the PDP as massive, attributing the development to the failed promises by the APC -led federal government.
He commended the efforts of the party leadership in the state for their grassroots mobilization, noting that those returning to the PDP are people interested in working with the government to move the state forward.
“For those joining us today, you are not just joining PDP as a political party, you are joining our collective effort in moving Rivers state forward”, he emphasised, and thanked them for their bold decision.
Speaking while receiving the decampees who were presented by their various local government area party chairmen, the State chairman of PDP, Ambassador Desmond Akawor who said the APC is not a political party but an association of people who wanted to remove former President Goodluck Jonathan from office, expressed optimism that the returnees have realised their mistakes and have decided to come back to the PDP.
“Your Excellency, what we are doing here today is the problem you have caused for Rivers people by the volume of projects you have executed. Let me put on record that most of those joining us were all PDP members, nobody came from CPP, nobody came APP, nobody is from AD. Those were the groups that formed a particular movement because they wanted to remove Jonathan from office”, Akawor said.
He hinted that by their action the returnees have shown those still in the APC that they are at the wrong place.
“They are our brothers and sisters and we stretch our hands forward that those people who are still there thinking of what to do that the umbrella is still big enough and we are willing to welcome them back to our fold, including the Minister of Transport, Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi’, Akawor stated, adding that PDP runs in the DNA of Rivers people.
Speaking on behalf of the returnees, a senior Lecturer of the University of Port Harcourt, Dr Gift Nworlu restated their unflinching commitment to work for the success of Governor Nyesom Wike and the PDP in the state.
According to Gift Worlu ” I used to think that Wike was the problem because he was the leader in my local government, but I was wrong. I didn’t know that like the rest of us, Wike was a victim of the toxic leadership made possible by the maximum ruler. When Wike was a Minister he did remarkable things to show that he was from Rivers state. So we can say we had a minister, the same way we can say we had a party called APC. Today the APC is only but a sinking ship. It doesn’t exist anymore’.
Also speaking, former Health Commissioner in the state, Dr Sampson Parkar expressed gratitude that those who left the PDP with him have started returning, disclosing that very soon there would be no one left in the APC in the state.
On his part, former Leader of Rivers state House of Assembly, Dr Chidi Lloyd said he decided to leave the APC to the PDP because of the impressive work Governor Nyesom Wike is doing in the state and commended them for emulating his footstep, advising the decampees to remain steadfast.