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Wike receives Buhari, says Rivers people’ll never support violence


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday, received President Muhammadu Buhari at the Nigeria Air Base airstrip in Port Harcourt.

In a display of high governmental courtesy, the Rivers State governor and some members of the state executive council welcomed the president at about 10.17a.m.

Governor Wike, who was accompanied by members of the Rivers State security, presented a bouquet of flowers to the president.

President Buhari, who is also, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), later boarded a Nigerian Air Force helicopter and left for Bayelsa State, in continuation of his campaigns ahead of Saturday’s presidential election.

Earlier, governor Wike told president Buhari that Rivers people will never support violence as being orchestrated by APC leaders in River State.

Speaking during an interactive session between president Buhari and the state’s traditional rulers, in Port Harcourt, yesterday, governor Wike said leaders, who imported war songs, will not succeed.

The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, at the APC presidential campaign rally, sang a war song in Igbo language, threatening to unleash violence on Rivers during the forthcoming elections.

“Rivers State does not believe in violence, and we will not support any dance for violence. Those who sing other people’s song for violence know what they achieve. They know what they gain,” he said.

Governor Wike assured Nigerians that the evil plots to fuel violence by the APC will fail.

“I want to assure the president that Rivers State is a peaceful state. It will never be a violent state. I will not support violence and Rivers people will not support violence,” he said.

In his address, Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, urged president Buhari to ensure security agencies act professionally during the elections.

He said security agencies should not join the fray and complicate the issues of electoral violence.

The Rivers traditional rulers lamented the closure of the seaports in the state, which have negatively affected the economy of the area.

They called for restructuring of the country, so that all parts of the federation can grow at their own pace and control their resources.

The traditional rulers called for free, fair and credible polls in Rivers State. They appealed to the president to check the tide of violence in the country.

Responding, president Buhari said law enforcement agencies would be asked to respect Nigerians and assured the elections will be free and fair.

The president said nobody would be allowed to intimidate people, adding that the snatching of ballot boxes would be discouraged.

Buhari said his administration has achieved the three cardinal points of his 2015 campaign and noted that security, economy and fight against corruption have witnessed improvements.

Meanwhile, 54 gubernatorial candidates of various political parties in Rivers State have dropped their ambition to support the re-election of governor Wike in the March 2 governorship election.

In a seven-paragraph document, jointly signed by the 54 governorship candidates, on Monday, they said they were impressed with what Wike has achieved during his subsisting first term in office.

They described the governor as a visionary leader, who has left no one in doubt that he has capacity to actualise the dreams of the founding fathers of the state, adding that he had done this through people-oriented projects and visible accomplishments.

They said: “Having consulted among ourselves and with our respective stakeholders in the state, we’ve unanimously agreed that it is in the best interest of the state and the continued peaceful development and progress of the people, to support the re-election bid of the PDP governorship candidate and work with him to accomplish even more.”

The governorship candidates, in their resolution, said they had communicated their decision to governor Wike, adding that they ‘unanimously, voluntarily and wholeheartedly’ adopted his candidature.

They further urged governor Wike to welcome their patriotic decision and assured they will mobilise their members and other people in the state, to ensure victory for the PDP governorship candidate.
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