… As Rivers Women Endorse Gov For Second Term
Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, declared that supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC) to form the Federal Government in 2019 is akin to digging the nation’s grave, as the country is already dead since they gained control in 2015.
This is as women of the state on Thursday joined the emerging tradition in the state as they stormed the Government House, Port Harcourt, to endorse the governor for a second term.
Wike, who spoke while addressing the women, stated that all Nigerians irrespective of gender have a solemn responsibility of ending the failed APC-led Federal Government in 2019.
He said the nationwide breakdown of security, especially in APC states, exemplifies the failure of the incumbent administration to productively manage national resources.
The governor said, “Nigeria is in crisis. Never in the history of this country have we had crisis of this magnitude. Rather than resolve developmental challenges, they continue to give excuses for their failure.
“We must come together in 2019 to protect our votes. Supporting APC is like digging our graves. The country is already dead under their control. Every day, the country is moving from one problem to another. ”
Wike, who stated that APC leaders from the state take pride in de-marketing and destroying the economy of the state for political reasons, charged Rivers Women to jealously protect their permanent voters cards as that is the only weapon to uproot the APC in 2019.
The governor announced a business development scheme worth N500million for Rivers Women in 2018, pointing out that the fund will be domiciled at the State Microfinance Bank and managed by the Ministry of Women Affairs.
He said the empowerment scheme will assist the women develop small scale businesses. The governor also stated that the State Women Development Centre will be completed in 2018.
In a solidarity message, former Chairman of the International Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA) in the state, Mrs Florence Amiesimaka said Wike has made Rivers people proud through development projects, hence the endorsement.
Amiesimaka assured the governor that Rivers Women will stand with him all through the electioneering period up to his re-election.
Also speaking, spokesperson for Rivers South-East Women, Mrs Charity Demua declared that the women have experienced good governance under the leadership of Wike, saying that they will reciprocate by re-electing him.
In their separate remarks, Mrs Macetelli of Rivers West and Mrs Carol John of Rivers East stated that the infrastructural development have had positive impact in the lives of women and their businesses.
Rivers State Women Affairs Commissioner, Mrs Ukel Oyaghiri lauded Governor Wike for his commitment to the welfare of Rivers Women.