Governor Nyesom Wike of the PDP: We'll enter a deal

PDP tackles opposition parties in Rivers, describes them as farmers who failed to take advantage of the early rains to plant their crops

PDP tackles opposition parties in Rivers, describes them as farmers who failed to take advantage of the early rains to plant their crops

● Denies sharing any ties with INEC as it prepares for elections on Saturday;

● Says Rivers people know who the real serpent is;

● Urges them to vote for Siminalayi Fubara, other PDP candidates

Claims that the PDP in Rivers State is working in cahoots with INEC to rig Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly elections has been hit with a sledgehammer.

The Party in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, described the allegations made by five Governorship candidates, including that of the APC, Tonye Cole as “the banter of half – wits who are busy quarrelling with even the air that they breath while they quarell with their tools.”

According to the Director of Publicity and Communications, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke, “We have heard about the plot of some political parties, including the APC, Labour and the SDP to bomb INEC offices at the grassroots.

“These political parties that are accusing INEC and everybody, including security officials involved in the electoral process of conniving with the PDP to rig Ssturday’s elections in the State are like farmers who failed to take advantage of the early rains to plant their crops.

“Simply put, these parties failed woefully to campaign effectively for their candidates while the PDP went round the State to sell its agenda to the people.”

Siminalayi Fubara and his deputy, Professor Ngozi Odu discussing the way forward.

Accusing the parties of doing nothing to sell their candidates and their agenda, they chose to spend all their time in the media space.

“Rather than campaigning among the people, they made this year’s election a media event. Now that they know the people are prepared to vote for the PDP, they are crying wolf.

“INEC is not a political party. This point must be stressed. Elections are won in the field where voters cast their votes, not at collation centres.”

All through the campaign period, the PDP remarked, its opponents invested time in creating tension and threatening thunder and brimstone.

“The same political parties which are blowing hot air are the same ones who are planning to attack and kill defenseless electoral officers all in attempt to disrupt the elections and the collation of results.

“Council premises that INEC is planning to use are public facilities. They belong to the third tier of government and not the Rivers State Government.. . These facilities will be protected by security officials controlled by the Federal Government which is the first tier of government.

“On the day of elections, serving local government Council chairmen will not be found in their offices. INEC will take absolute control of such office complexes. The argument raised by these parties do not arise.

Governor Nyesom Wike, target of opposition parties that have failed to garner sufficient public support for all their candidates.

“These political parties which are threatening violence openly on television, who have raked up the issue of Abandoned Property and tried everything in their power to pitch non indigenes against the people of Rivers State are only singing the lullaby of defeat.”

Turning attention to the people, the PDP said the moment of decision has come, saying it is time to overwhelmingly vote for its candidates.

“We urge Rivers people to ignore them (oppositionparties). We also urge Rivers people to vote massively for Siminalayi Fubara and all the candidates of the PDP.

“We have a track record in good governance that cannot be ignored. Governor Nyesom Wike has fulfilled the social contract entered into with the people

“Rotimi Amaechi, leader of the APC, who has been opening his mouth and closing it, failed while in office as Minister of Transportation to bring anything home. Let him point at one thing he brought home.

Arc. Tonye Cole… faced with the moment of decision when the Rivers people will speak through their votes in parts of the State.

“It is a shame that such a leader who served as a one-time Governor of this great state will attempt to cover up his short coming while in office by spreading cheap lies.

“For the avoidance of doubt it is better to be identified with drinking whisky and doing great deeds like urbane English gentlemen do instead of breaking up families by taking women who belong to men like them to the other room.

“Rivers people know who the real serpent is. They know who the brood of vipers are. They know it is not certainly Governor Nyesom Wike who has offered constructive leadership to Rivers State and its people.”



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