Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that he will continue to implement policies that will protect the economy of Nigeria, irrespective of the fact that he is not a member of the ruling party.
Governor Wike said that he will never support any action that will sabotage the economy of the country as Rivers State will be negatively affected by any dwindling economic fortunes.
Speaking on day- two of the 12th All Nigeria Editors Conference in Port Harcourt on Friday, Governor Wike said that measures put in place by the Rivers State Government in liaison with other stakeholders have ensured that the state is insulated from the vandalism of pipelines.
He said: “I am committed to the development of Nigeria and will always work towards protecting the economy of this country. ”
Speaking on the refusal of INEC to conduct elections in Rivers State despite the relative peace in the state, Governor Wike regretted that the commission has chosen to mislead the nation about the reason why the rerun elections were postponed.
He said that contrary to the claims by the INEC National Chairman that the commission was compelled to postpone the entire rerun elections because of the burning of sensitive materials at the Khana INEC office, there were no sensitive materials at the office at the time of the induced arson.
The governor noted that the people of the state will remain vigilant as INEC and certain political interest groups are plotting to manipulate the electoral process.
He insisted that anyone plotting to rig elections in the State would be resisted because the APC is not on ground in the state.
Governor Wike alerted Nigerians of the plan by INEC to surreptitiously release results of a local government area it cancelled during the March rerun elections.
He noted that the illegal plot was hatched alongside the APC with the intention of giving undue advantage to a particular candidate before INEC can organise the outstanding rerun elections.
He also said that former President Goodluck Jonathan did something special to ensure peace in the country by conceding defeat during the 2015 general election.
“Jonathan should be commended for this singular act. People should emulate this move to ensure peace in the country,” the governor said.
The day two of the 12th All Nigeria Editors Conference was attended by the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, representatives of five state governors, Federal Ministries, INEC and private sector organisations