Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said that despite claims by the All Progressives Congress, APC, that they own the election, Rivers will remain a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, state.
He said Rivers people voted overwhelmingly for the PDP in the last general elections in the state.
Speaking during an audience he granted Delta State House of Assembly on Wednesday, Wike said no amount of intimidation will change the mandate the people of Rivers State gave him on April 11.
According to him, “while the APC, who were defeated at the poll, were busy embarking on negative propaganda because they had excess to money, we were with the people at the grassroots selling our programmes to them.
“That was why they voted for us massively. We are not worried by their claim that they have the tribunal.
“All we know is that Rivers State will always remain a PDP state. The people are with us,” the governor said.
He stated that his administration will always maintain separation of powers, saying that never again will Rivers State House of Assembly sit in Government House.
He said he would promote independence of the legislature by ensuring that funds of the Assembly come as a first line charge.
“You don’t need to pocket the legislature before you think you are safe in government. What is needed is cooperation with the Assembly in the interest of good governance,” Wike said.
He said he would continue to further regional cooperation in the South South for sustainable development.
Earlier, Speaker of Delta State House of Assembly, Monday Ikpuya Okemeni, commended Governor Wike for returning Rivers State to PDP, saying the governor proved the APC wrong with his political artistry.
Source: National Mirror