In a massive show of support and endorsement, thousands of Ogoni trooped
to Government House, Port Harcourt on Tuesday night, where they declared
that Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike deserves a second term.
As the Ogoni people approached, the gates of the Rivers State Government
House were thrown open. They overwhelmed the 2000-person capacity Banquet
Hall and had to be moved to the Open Field of the Government House, where
the governor addressed them.
The Ogoni supporters came all the way from Khana, Gokana, Eleme and Tai
Local Government Areas of the state. They declared that they were
impressed by the excellent performance of Governor Wike, especially his
developmental projects in Ogoniland.
Addressing the Ogoni supporters, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike
assured that his administration will enhance development in Ogoniland.
He said: “Be assured that I will implement all the projects I promised the
people of Ogoni. I am overwhelmed by this show of support. This massive
support is a show of your appreciation of what we have achieved.
“We will tackle issues of development on a local government by local
government basis. In this wise, I will meet with each of the four local
government areas that make up Ogoniland “.
The governor said that the dialogue with the different Ogoni local
government areas will lead to the implementation of projects on the
peculiarities of each council.
In an interview, Senator Lee Maeba stated that the Ogoni people will stand
with Governor Wike up till 2023, because he has shown commitment to the
development of the area.
Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Sir Kenneth Kobani said Ogoni
people are grateful that the Wike administration has lived up to their
Former Commissioner of Finance, Dr Fred Kpakol embarked on the Solidarity
Visit to show that they are totally in support of Governor Wike.
He said: “Just to show that we are totally committed to Governor Wike with
an undiluted support. We just want to show that we are massively behind
him. We will sustain the support to check what happened in the past
elections when we voted massively for the PDP and by the use of the gun,
they took away our victory. It will never happen again. This is a show of
support for Governor Wike, that we are behind him come 2019”.
Also speaking, Former Commissioner of Chieftaincy Affairs, Dr John Bazia
said the visit is a declaration that Ogoni is predominantly PDP.
“This to a large extent will prove to the world that the election that was
rigged was not in the best interest of Ogoni people. This solidarity visit
is a confirmation that Ogoni people have decided to be with Governor Wike
“, Dr Bazia said.
An Ogoni Woman Leader, Chief Priscilla Bikwe said that the Ogoni people
are for Governor Wike.
“We are for His Excellency, Governor Wike and we are always for him. We
will forever be with him. This is a total decision. It will be
replicated across Ogoniland “.