When Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs urged Rivers people like my humble self to embrace the All Progressives Congress (APC) last year, we did not hesitate to jump ship considering the way the ruling party in the state had failed to show responsible leadership and the personality that was urging us.
Since the decision of my humble self as well as thousands of us to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), not talking about that of major elites in the state that heeded the call, the All Progressives Congress has continued to move from strength to strength.
The rising profile of the APC was highlighted this weekend at Isiokpo, the traditional headquarters of the Ikwerre nation when the Ikwerre Youth Movement IYM received the leader of the APC in the state and the Niger Delta region Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi at an event that clearly highlighted the fact that the APC has made a strong imprint in the state and the Niger Delta region.
Rivers people from all over the state thronged the sleepy town of Isiokpo to awaken the fact that the party has come to stay and has been embraced by the people of the state. I was highly elated to have witnessed the event of the day live and my happiness which knew no bounds was buttressed by the unity of the party faithful at the event.
I have always disagreed with the way and manner which the PDP-led Nyesom Wike administration has run the state since he took over office. My angst against the present administration which stemmed from the way and manner he got the nomination of the party back in 2014 and the impunity he has displayed since he assumed office which has seen the state retrogress.
It is on this premise that many Rivers people see the APC as a messiahnic party that can come to salvage the people of the state from the underperforming PDP. Just last week while civil servants dedicated the year to God Almighty in prayers, pensioners in the state were seen with placards protesting the nonpayment of their gratuities even after the state government received Paris club refund late last year. This wouldn’t have happened under the watch of Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaech who never owed civil servants in the state.
As I reflected in the retrogression which the state has suffered and looking at the prospects of the APC to capture the state come 2019, my only candid advice as a member of the party who craves positive and consolidated change is that it does the best thing to ensure that it presents the best candidates possible in order to win the election next year.
I am an avid supporter of Chief Barr. Dumo Lulu Briggs, a personality that has endeared himself to the people of the state and who has shown that he has the state at heart and has shown his commitment to bettering the fortunes of the people by seeking the governorship position of the state. I see in him as well as other members of the state who are doing their best as lights that keep giving hope to the down trodden people of the state. It is on this premise that I urge true Rivers people to keep supporting him as well as the party in order to salvage our great state.
I cannot do it alone neither can the party do it without the support of the people. This is why we must not fail to heed to the patriotic call of our leader Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to kick out the PDP from the Government House Port Harcourt.
I am not pessimistic that this cannot be achieved especially with what I saw at Isiopko this weekend but we must not rest on our oars if we really desire to change the PDP administration in the state. I believe as we do this, Rivers state will be better for it and will at the end, take its proper place among the comity of states in the country.
Ndubuisi wrote in this piece from Port Harcourt
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