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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Rerun elections: Rivers is a traditional PDP state, APC cannot win here - Wike

Ahead of the July 30, 2016 rerun elections in Rivers State, Governor Nyesom Wike, has said that no amount of militarisation of the state will stop the Peoples Democratic Party from winning the poll.
Wike, who spoke with the leadership of the PDP, who paid him a solidarity visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday, described Rivers State as 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, the 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.”
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, who claimed that there were no elections, are today asking the tribunals to declare them winners of the elections,” he added.
The governor said that the Rivers State PDP executive had ensured that the party remained strong in the state by emerging victorious at different elections.
At the national level, Wike said that PDP would emerge stronger from its current crisis.
Earlier, the Rivers State PDP Chairman, Mr. Felix Obuah, said Wike had justified the mandate given to him by the people.
He said that the people of Rivers State were happy with the governor for the work he was doing despite the economic downturn.

Culled from Punch

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