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Sole Administrator not portion of Rivers State, says Gov. Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike receiving the solidarity message from the Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Rivers State, Sir Precious Baridoo at the Government House Port Harcourt on Friday

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared  that  it is not the portion of Rivers people to have a sole administrator as the enemies of the state are plotting,  because  Rivers  people overwhelmingly voted for their preferred candidate on March 9, 2019.

This is as 86 Political Parties conceded defeat to the Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike over the Rivers  State Governorship Election during  a solidarity  visit to  the  governor at the Government House,  Port Harcourt on Friday.

Speaking  during the  the Solidarity Visit,  Governor Wike said: “No matter how delayed, Rivers State will have an elected Governor.

“It is not the portion of Rivers State to have a sole administrator.  Our people voted on March 9 and Rivers votes will count “.

Governor Wike said that when the PDP is declared  winner  of  the Rivers State Governorship elections,  he will  operate a government  of unity.

“If we are declared winner of the election,  we will operate a government  of unity.  We will rally everybody together in the interest  of the state”, he said.

The governor stated that he heard that Minister of Transportation is threatening  that blood will flow in the State.  He said the blood of peace loving Rivers people will not be spilled on the account of politics.

He wondered why a candidate  who told  the world that he won the state Governorship Election would turn around to call for the cancellation  of the same election.

The governor urged all Rivers people  to remain patient and allow INEC  to carry out their responsibilities  of Collation and Declaration  of  the State Governorship Election.

He said that people can manipulate,  but the will of God will prevail in the state. He said the APC Elders who wrote the petition  against the state election  cannot win their respective polling  units. He said whoever loves the state will not generate crisis for the state.

Earlier, the Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Rivers State,  Sir Precious Baridoo said that from results  at their disposal from their polling agents,  Governor Wike has won the Rivers State Governorship election.

He said: “We are also here to concede defeat to you as far as the March 9, 2019 Governorship election in Rivers State  is concerned.  We are conceding defeat because of the polling units results available to us from our respective polling agents.

“From polling  units results sent to us by our agents from the field, we acknowledge  that you won the Governorship Election  by a landslide.  The people of Rivers State overwhelmingly voted for you and they have resolved  that you continue  to lead the State”.

IPAC  Rivers State  condemned  the APC Elders sponsored  by Amaechi to write President Muhammadu Buhari to interfere with the Rivers State Governorship election.

He said: “It is for this reason that we condemn  the six APC  Elders  sponsored  by the Minister of Transportation,  Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to illegally interfere with the Collation Process  of the Rivers State Governorship election.  These APC Elders have no right to speak for Rivers people.

“This is especially so when our people have massively  voted for you on March 9. It is abominable for any APC Elder to deliberately  work with the Minister of Transportation to subvert  the will of Rivers people.

” We, therefore,  call on the  former Rivers State Governor, Chief Rufus Ada George , Alabo T.O Graham Douglas , Prof D.M.J. Fubara , Chief Samson Agbaru,  Rear Admiral O. Fingesi (rtd) and Group Capt J.I. Ben-Kalio who are known APC members to publicly  apologise  to Rivers people for this ungodly political mischief. These APC Elders should retrace their steps in the interest of Rivers State”.

They also warned the security  agencies against  further steps to subvert the will of Rivers people.

He said: “Going forward, we call on the security agencies to stop all further attempts  aimed at subverting the will of Rivers people.  We urge the security agencies to remove  themselves  from the democratic  processes of Rivers State  and restrict  themselves to their constitutional roles.

” We are aware of the persistent  plots by the security agencies to thwart the Collation and declaration processes of  the Rivers State Governorship Election already won by Your Excellency,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.  We urge the relevant authorities to take immediate steps  to call these security agencies  to order because  under no circumstances  shall we allow them to manipulate  the mandate  of Rivers people”.

They urged INEC to follow through with their Collation and Declaration  of the Rivers State Governorship  Election Results.  While congratulating  Governor Wike,  they stated that  they will participate  in his victory  party.

Other party leaders also declared  their solidarity for Governor Wike,  whom they acknowledged won the March 9 elections.

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