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The 2023 Election Will Be a Fight to End in Rivers, Says Wike 

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 Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike said the state’s 2023 general election will be a battle to finish describing it as a pivotal moment voters will use to decide against the state’s haters.

The governor reiterated his boast that the state People’s Democratic Party (PDP) would win all available positions by the end of the day. 

He made the statement at the Rivers State PDP Local Government Campaign Launch Rally held Monday at the Felix Obuah Restaurant in Omoku City, Oklahoma Local Government Area. Ogba-Egbema-Ndoni (ONELGA).

He said that when the PDP participated in the election before, the party won the seats of the governor, senator, house of representatives, and state assembly, and in the next elections, the situation will be no different. 

Wike explains that when the state’s Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni, Abua/Odual, Ahoada East, and Ahoada West local government areas were flooded last year, the state was left to its fate.

“That’s how you know who hates Rivers State, that’s how you know who loves us. If you hate Rivers State, we won’t vote for you. We’ll only vote for people who love Rivers State.”

He said he advised the people: “You must listen to your superiors through the (DG) Director General of the operation. They will return to you, arrange a place for you and tell you where we are going.

“It’s a fight to end. Fear not. We will win at the end of the day. You know we always win. We will keep winning. “We have never failed in anything we have told you. Success always accompanies us. God was with us. This time will be no different. God will continue to lead us.

 Wike explains that when they went to Omoku City for the gathering, they visited Oba, who gave them a blessing. “Oba did the traditional thing of blessing us and telling us, get out there, my people are here, they’ll be with you, they’ll stay with you and we’ve seen that “today.”

 He urged people not to listen to candidates and leaders of other political parties who may come to seek their votes.  He points out that these people have let them down when given the opportunity to keep their promises and deliver development projects to them. 

Wike said; “Allow yourself to give those who were before a chance. They let you down. Is there anything they can still tell you? “

 He urged the public to repeat the level of support he gave the PDP in 2015 and 2019 to reinforce what his administration has achieved.

 The governor pointed out that he has promised residents local government and implemented development projects in the area according to those promises.

Wike mentioned that although the previous administration had allotted Omoku’s internal roads for reconstruction and deserted them, upon taking office he ensured that the work was completed.

He mentioned that his administration will put into operation the Kregani-Omoku line and the Omoku-Egbema parallelization at the end of February, adding that the second phase of the Ahoada-Omoku line has been awarded and will be on display for the audience.

In his speech, Sir Siminialayi Fubara, the PDP’s gubernatorial candidate, recounted the successes of the Wike administration, which the united group would re-establish.

He said there will be other developments, especially in the local government, where phase two of the Ahoada-Omoku road will be completed to facilitate mobility in the area. 

Sir Fubara urged them to ensure that they receive an overwhelming majority of votes for the PDP and ensure that they reap the benefits of being the gas hub of the state, experiencing lasting peace, economic empowerment, and improving business opportunities.

“What we stand for is good governance. Good governance is service delivery. Good governance makes life easy, and that’s what my principal has done for you and that’s why I’m with you.

“I would also like to add that after our approach, Omoku will be a gas hub. You know what it means for your city to be a gas hub. Businesses will come, investment come, and employment problem will be over.”

On his part, PDP Campaign Council Director General, Felix Obuah, said that ONELGA people have been PDP converts who have vowed to use their PVCs to take down all other candidates on Election Day.

PDP Rivers State President, Ambassador Desmond Akawor, presented flags to the various PDP candidates contesting for different positions in the Rivers West Senatorial District.

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Anambra: Armed Men Set Fire to INEC Offices and Destroy Election Materials 

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Gunmen set fire to the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) office in Ogidi, South Idemili Local Government Area, Anambra State, destroying non-sensitive material for the year’s general election in 2023.

The Commission disclosed this in a statement by the Commissioner and Chairman of the Commission, the Information and Voter Education Commission, Festus Okoye, in Abuja.

Okoye said Anambra State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Dr. Queen Agwu, reported that the incident happened in the early hours of Tuesday.

He said the building was significantly damaged because all furniture and other items, including non-sensitive materials that had just been delivered for the 2023 general election, were destroyed.

“Among the items lost in hell were 729 ballot boxes, 243 polling stations, 256 voting bags, 11 megaphones, a generator, and large quantities of indelible ink and bleach.”

“However, the uncollected Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs) were kept in an unobstructed fireproof cabinet.”

“Similarly, no sensitive documents were forwarded to the LGA office,” he said.

He said that, despite the despicable incident, INEC wanted to reassure the people of LGA that emergency arrangements would be made to replace the documents.

Okoye assured the people that the presidential election and the National Assembly will hold on February 25 as scheduled, and two weeks later the election for the State House of Representatives will hold.

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APC Legal Team Meets Osinbajo and Reviews Plans Ahead of the 2023 Election 

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Before the elections in February and March 2023, the Radical All Progressive Congress, the APC, the legal team, and other senior lawyers from the current administration met with the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

The meeting took place at the Presidential Villa after the weekly FEC meeting, seeking advice from the vice president to ensure adequate preparation before the election.

Two current ministers, Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. Festus Keyamo and Mr. Babatunde Fashola, attended the meeting.

The ruling party’s current national legal adviser, Barr. Ahmed El-Marzuk, and his predecessor, Mr. Babatunde Ogala, SAN, as well as other party and government officials, were also present.

State House correspondents saw attendees at the vice president’s wing in the presidential residence, but no one spoke to the press.

However, it is understood that the discussion focused on planning and looking at the party’s preparations for the upcoming polls with the VP.

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2023: Rivers State People Already Know Who I’m Supporting — Wike

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Governor Nyesom Wike says the people of Rivers State already know the candidate he wants them to vote for in the February 25, 2023, presidential election, stressing that those expecting him to make a public declaration on his choice of a candidate would wait in vain.

In Port Harcourt, for the Rivers Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign rally for Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Wike also accused the Commissioner of Police, CP Okon Effiong, of shying away from checking perceived infractions on election campaigns by opposition parties in the state.

Apparently reacting to the 2015 Rivers All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside, who challenged him to declare his preferred presidential candidate, Governor Wike said he has never promised to make a public declaration on who to support for the president.

He said, “I never told anybody I would face cameras to announce to you this is who we will vote for.” I promised to tell the Rivers people who they should vote for. I did not state the method of telling it. I did not say I would hold live coverage to declare it.

“And Rivers residents are already aware. Are you not aware? So “mumu” people who never win in politics are expecting me to make a live declaration that we’re now going for Joseph (hypothetically).

“Far from it. But you (the Rivers people) are aware. Have we not said it? I’ve told people who don’t know. In G-5, we are fighting guerilla warfare. “The more you look, the less you see.”

On the perceived indifference of the CP Rivers Police Command to alleged infractions in campaigns by opposition parties in the state, Wike warned CP Okon that he would take over his job and unleash Neighborhood Watch, the state’s established community policing outfit, on opposition parties.

He said of the CP, “You are the one making them (the opposition parties) break the law.” We will take over your work if you don’t. We will release our neighborhood watch. You cannot support people who are breaking the law.

“You know the truth of the matter; you are scared so that they won’t transfer you.” You can be transferred anywhere, any day. So you are neither here nor there. Your fear of being transferred will not save you. Do your work. Nobody should threaten you. Tell them not to push us against the wall.”

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