Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has said that despite the claims by the defeated the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state that they own the Election Tribunal, Rivers State will remain a PDP state as voted by the people of the state.
Speaking during an audience he granted the Delta State House of Assembly, Wednesday, Nyesom Wike said that no amount of intimidation will change the mandate that the people of Rivers State gave to him on April 11.
“While the APC were busy embarking on negative propaganda because they had excess money, we were with the people at the grassroots selling our programmes to them. That was why they voted for us massively.
“We are not worried by their claim that they have the Tribunal. All we know is that Rivers State will always remain a PDP State. The people are with us”.
The governor stated that his administration will always maintain separation of powers, saying that never again will the Rivers State House of Assembly sit in the Government House.
He said that he will promote the Independence of the Legislature by ensuring that the funds of the State Assembly will come as a first line charge.
“You don’t need to pocket the Legislature before you think you are safe in government. What is needed is cooperation with the State Assembly in the interest of good governance, he said.
He noted that he will continue to further regional cooperation in the South-South for sustainable development.
Earlier, Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Monday Ikpuya Okemeni commended Governor Wike for returning Rivers State to PDP, saying that the Governor proved the APC wrong with his political artistry.
He described Wike as a leading light in political engineering in the country, saying that he will play a key role in the promotion of development of the South-South.
Also speaking, Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr Ikuinyi Ibani said that interface between the two State Assemblies was necessary for proper regional integration.