Feb 16 poll: Rivers people endorse Atiku, vow to vote him en-masse Press "Enter" to skip to content

Feb 16 poll: Rivers people endorse Atiku, vow to vote him en-masse

Amaka Agbu, Port Harcourt

Over one hundred thousand Rivers people from the 23 Local Government Areas of the state on Monday formally declared their endorsement of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, to lead Nigeria out of the woods. The Rivers people, who took over the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt and its environs, displayed several PDP Campaign promotional materials, sang pro-Atiku and Pro-Wike songs to emphasise their preference. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, assured that Rivers people will vote for Atiku Abubakar. He said Rivers people believe in the capacity of Atiku Abubakar to develop the country. Governor Wike said that PDP represented the light the country was craving for, while APC was neck deep in darkness. “APC is darkness and PDP is light. APC is dictatorship and PDP means freedom. Rivers people have chosen to vote light and freedom, hence all our votes are for the PDP. Rivers State is Atikulated,” he stated. Former Rivers State Governor, Sir Celestine Omehia, said the choice of Atiku Abubakar as PDP Presidential Candidate was divine. He said God had chosen Atiku Abubakar to solve the problems of Nigeria. Rivers State PDP Chairman, Chief Felix Obuah, said that Rivers people would vote 100 per cent for Atiku Abubakar. He said that the rally was a rehearsal for the victory party after the election of Atiku Abubakar as the President of the country. PDP Presidential candidate and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, in his address, assured that his incoming administration would address the infrastructural needs of Rivers State and the South-South. He announced that the Ports in Rivers State would be revived for the purpose of job creation, economic growth and the massive development of the state. The PDP Presidential Candidate noted that the incoming administration would complete the East-West Road started by the Obasanjo/Atiku administration, but abandoned by the failed APC Federal Government. “APC has not done anything for Rivers State, South-South and the Niger Delta,” he said. Atiku Abubakar described Governor Wike as a true leader and devoted politician who has transformed Rivers State and defended the survival of the PDP. PDP vice Presidential Candidate and former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, said only Atiku Abubakar could restore the Niger Delta because he believed in restructuring. He noted that Atiku Abubakar would create jobs and make the country to start working again. Senate President Bukola Saraki declared that Atiku Abubakar would develop Nigeria and drive away poverty. He urged Nigerians to defend their votes. PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus said despite the desperation of the APC, Buhari was heading to a woeful defeat because of his failure in governance. He, however, stated that the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, on the strength of his performance, would be re-elected for a second term. Wife of the presidential candidate, Jennifer Atiku, said Rivers people were fully Atikulated and would come out to vote Atiku Abubakar. Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal said that the North West Zone had resolved to vote out failed President Muhammadu Buhari because he promoted prison yard democracy and retrogression. Highpoint of the occasion was the formal withdrawal from the governorship race by 57 governorship candidates who endorsed the re-election of Governor Wike. Spokesman of the governorship candidates, Pastor Samuel Ihunwo, said that their decision was premised on the outstanding performance of Governor Wike. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike received the Governorship Flag with the declaration that he would lead PDP to victory in the state. Ace Musicians, Davido, and Duncan Mighty thrilled the crowd with their songs.

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