Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has called for reconciliation amongst Rivers and Nigerian political leaders to move the state and country forward.
In a personal Christmas message during an interview with newsmen at the Government House, Port Harcourt on the eve of Christmas, Governor Wike said that unity is needed for enhanced development.
The Governor noted that all Nigerians should take advantage of the spirit of the season to promote forgiveness, love and peace.
He said: “I use this opportunity to plead with those who may not have achieved what they wanted to get, to put aside all interests for the sake of Christmas. Let us forgive each other and move the state forward.
“Let us move Rivers State forward, let us move Nigeria forward; that is my personal message this Christmas.”
The Governor added: “For all of us who are Christians, this is the period we have to reflect on what Christ means to us. Christ means love and unity.
“As a state, we should use this period to reflect and ponder on the need for us to unite ourselves. We should work as a people who are saved by the birth of Jesus Christ.
“To Nigeria as a country, we should use this period to work as a country, to put our differences aside and show love amongst ourselves.”
Governor Wike added that the beautification of Port Harcourt ahead of Christmas was aimed at putting the people in the right frame of mind for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
He said: “This is a period we should not continue to antagonise ourselves or destroy ourselves because of selfish interests.
“If Christ could be born for the salvation of all, it behooves on all of us to make sacrifices in order to unite the entire country for the interest of every person. Not just because a personal interest is not served, then the country should be destroyed”
The Governor emphasized that: “Rivers as a Christian state loves to celebrate Christmas in a way that would edify the people. For us, we have to show that Christ is love.
Therefore, we have to beautify the streets of Port Harcourt to promote Christ as our Saviour and our Emancipator. “
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has explained that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP led by former chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, was dissolved and caretaker committee appointed at the last Saturday National Convention held in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State to save the party.
The Governor said that even though he was one of those who supported the former chairman, he had no option than to support his removal so as to forestall disintegration of the party.
Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, in a release issued in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, urged Sheriff to accept his removal in good faith and join others to build the party.
The Governor said; “I supported Senator Ali Modu Sheriff in good conscience. But when it became obvious that his continuous stay in office as the National Chairman will jeopardise the collective interest of the party, I had no option than to support his removal.
“To me, the general interest of the party overrides that of any individual and there is no how I can stand in support of any plan to sacrifice the party for any individual.
“Anyone whose ambition threatens the collective interest of the party should be removed to save the party and that’s exactly what we have done.
“I therefore urge Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to accept the dissolution of the NWC and appointment of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee in good faith and cooperate with other well-meaning members of the party to reposition it so as to achieve the much needed electoral victory in 2019.
“To Sheriff and other well-meaning members of the party, what should be important is the party and not the individual and no sacrifice should be too much for anyone to make for the party at this time.”
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Channels Television, Governor Wike explained that the PDP’s decisions were in line with the rule of law.
“We learnt that the former Chairman (Ali-Modu Sheriff) instituted a court action that there should be no election as regards the chairmanship, the secretary and the auditor but there could be election in the other offices”.
The Governor further explained that contrary to this, there was another Abuja High Court injunction which says there should not be election in 16 National Working Committee members’ offices but there should be election in chairmanship position.
This, he said, led to confusion within PDP and the stakeholders subsequently moved some motions “according to the constitution of the party”.
Governor Wike added that the former PDP Chairman had appeared before the screening committee where the various stakeholders of the party met to take the decision to save the party.
He insisted that the removal Ali Modu Sheriff was not biased and had nothing to do with the geographical zoning.
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, is blaming Nigerian Army personnel and INEC for the chaos in most of the local government areas where results of the re-run elections have been cancelled.
He said while INEC failed to print a uniform form with federal government seal for all the council areas, the soldiers according to him acted beyond their brief by attempting to stop party agents from accompanying electoral materials.
“As early as 9AM yesterday morning I was getting calls from local governments. I got a call from Bonny Local Government that ‘look the results they brought to us, we don’t think its original’.
“I asked ‘how do you know the original result?’ They said the one they had seen for the Senate was different as they could see the coat of arms and the one for the House of Assembly also had the coast of arms but the one for the House of Reps had nothing and was not even signed.
“I got to the REC on phone and told him about the complaints, he said that the problem was that he told the electoral officers (EO) to counter-sign those ones that don’t have codes so that that would form as original but most of them did not sign,” Governor Wike said.
He also berated the security operatives for allegedly failing to play their expected role during the election.
He said that he had suggested that the military should not be involved in the election but play strictly the role of providing security and manning strategic positions.