Tony Ita-Etim, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that no matter the level of militarization of the political space in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will continue to win elections in the state.
Addressing the leadership of the PDP who paid him a solidarity visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor Wike said Rivers State is a traditional PDP state.
He said: “Rivers State is a traditional PDP State. If they like, let them bring the American Marines or the American Navy Seals, PDP will win in Rivers State.
“I hear they are all in Abuja. All we want is free and fair elections. We are ready for the elections. They should not do the elections to massage the ego of an individual.
“You don’t dash mandate. You don’t allocate mandate. The people must be allowed to choose who they will give their mandate to”.
He urged INEC to always work towards elections in the state to further deepen democracy.
“We are willing to support INEC and all security agencies to conduct peaceful elections. The APC leaders claimed that there were no elections, are today asking the tribunals to declare them winners of the elections”, he said.
The governor said that the Rivers State PDP Executives have ensured that the party remains strong in the state, emerging victorious at different elections.
At the national level, Governor Wike said that PDP will emerge stronger from the current crisis.
Earlier, Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah said that Governor Wike has justified the Peoples Mandate.
He said that the people of Rivers State are happy with Governor Wike for the work he is doing despite the economic downturn.