The camp of Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has finally crumbled in Rivers South East Senatorial Zone with barely two days to go to the December 10, 2016 rescheduled rerun parliamentary elections in the State.
This follows the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) strongman, Chief Olaka Nwogu, to sacrifice his senatorial ambition and join forces with the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe. Olaka Nwogu, who was the PDP candidate for the rerun election and in pursuant of this new goal have strategically refused to attend any of the shambolic rallies and deceitful projects flag-offs organized by Wike in the South East Senatorial District; tested the waters of dumping Wike by approving and mobilising his supporters to massively defect to APC by late November 2016 to prepare ground for his formal defection immediately after the December 10 rerun election stating that denying Abe the Senate slot at this time will be a great disservice to Rivers State.
To worsen Wike’s political woes, Engr Tele Ikuru erstwhile Deputy Governor to Chibuike Amaechi known in some quarters as Rivers State modern Judas Iscariot went into hiding when Senator Abe and his Team stormed Andoni the home Local Government Area of Chief Uche Secondus former PDP Acting National Chairman as his Chief Strategist, Mobilizer and strongman, Kingston Sylvanus defects to APC with over 600 PDP members. It is said that with this development both Ikuru, Secondus, Wike are now a little less better than orphans in the politics of Andonai not minding the decision of Chief Olaka to join forces with Abe. According to Hon. Sylvanus, “now that PDP has no candidate for the Senate slot for the district, what is the need to continue to stay in an obvious dead political party in the State?”
Senator Abe was visibly happy over this development as he received Kinston Sylvanus and the entire Tele Ikuru’s political structure emphasizing that nobody should rest until PDP and Wike are formally buried in Rivers State by ensuring that no PDP Candidate gets any vote during the rerun election in the State.
In a similar development, while receiving the over 300 Nwogu’s supporters and members of PDP at Bua Zaakpon community in Khana Local Government Area and Akpajo community in Eleme Local Government Area, who have decamped to APC; Senator Abe commended the people of Rivers South East for resolving to resist the tyranny of Governor Wike. Abe lamented the marginalisation of Ogoni people, saying: “Rivers State will be celebrating its 50 years anniversary next year and in those 50 years, no Ogoni son has been Speaker, Deputy Governor, Governor and Chief Judge. Is that not marginalisation?”
Abe said that the Ogoni people had resolved to prove to their detractors that they love themselves by agreeing to vote for a Senator of their choice in the person of himself. He assured the people that they would benefit more in APC than in PDP, pointing out that for now their son had been appointed Executive Director of Finance and Administration in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), a position they had not previously occupied since the inception of the commission. He also noted that the UNEP Report implementation was on course, assuring that if voted a Senator, he would fast-track the implementation. Advising the people to vote massively for APC on Saturday, Abe said:“Everywhere wey them don vote na APC win. Them vote for Edo state, APC win; for Ondo state, who win? APC. This time around, we go vote for Rivers State. Election by AK47 is over. Everybody go and look for your PVC. On the 10th of December, there will be voting in Rivers state and when we finish voting, APC will win.”
Earlier in their speeches, Wike and Nwogu’s pillars in the South East district, Chief Gani Topba of Zaakpon community and Robinson Osaroluka of Akpajo community, on behalf of Wike/Olaka’s supporters assured Senator Abe that the people have keyed into “Choose-Your-Senator-Campaign”, adding that by December 10 that Abe would be returned as the Senator-elect.
Rivers APC has commended Olaka Nwogu and his supporters for their wise decision, which it said would help make for peaceful polls and thus save the lives of innocent Ogonis. “We urge APC faithful in the South East Senatorial district to accord Chief Olaka Nwogu a resounding reception immediately after the election as we arrange on how to get him used to democratic norms after his long sojourn with undemocratic elements in PDP,” the party said on Thursday in a statement signed by the State Chairman, Chief (Dr.) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya,
On developments in the Rivers East senatorial district the party hailed the resolve of Ogbakor Ikwerre, the umbrella body of Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality, to adopt and support the candidature of APC’s Chief Andrew Uchendu as the Senator to represent the zone based on his antecedents. “With this endorsement by Ogbakor Ikwerre, Senator George Sekibo should respect the stand of his constituency and allow his superior in the person of Uchendu to be formally elected without shedding of any blood,” the party said.
Rivers APC also noted with joy that with the return of Kalabari Prince and political strongman Ojukaye Flag Amachree from Wike’s gulag, the election of the People’s Speaker, Rt. Hon. Otelemaba Dan Amachree, as Senator for
Rivers West Senatorial Zone, is now guaranteed. “With the mammoth crowd that attended Ojukaye’s Thanksgiving ceremony at Buguma, the historical Headquarters of the Kalabaris, few days ago, PDP’s OSINAKACHUKWU T IDEOZU should stop his dream of going back to the Senate to continue his sleeping spree instead of contributing to the serious business of the Senate,” the statement said.
It declared that “the time has come to free Rivers State from the shackles of doom and blood hunters as the State deserves strong voices in the Senate at this point in time and that is why the election of Abe, Andrew Uchendu and Amachree as Senators including the under listed APC Candidates on December 10 becomes imperative.” Finally any vote for PDP is a vote for elongation of killing of Rivers State people by Wike and his PDP gang.