Buhari's visit to Rivers will not revive dead APC - Wike
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, exchanging pleasantries with some kids during the flag-off of the reconstruction of Egbelu Street and construction of link roads in East-West in Rumuodara, Obio Akpor Local Government Area on Thursday.
By Onyema Dallas
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari's proposed visit to Rivers would not revive the fortunes of the ailing All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
Flagging off the reconstruction of Egbelu Street and construction of link roads in East-West in Rumuodara, Obio Akpor Local Government Area on Thursday, Governor Wike said that the Federal Government has not informed him on the President's visit and the reason behind his visit.
He said: "I hear they say that the President is coming to our state. I have not been told the President is coming and why he is coming. He has the right to come to any state.
"Maybe the President is coming to make sure that he will improve the fortunes of the APC that is dead in Rivers State.
"Apart from Jesus Christ, we don't know of anyone who has risen a dead thing. APC is a dead party in Rivers State. No matter how you fast and pray, it will never wake up".
Governor Wike charged Rivers people not to be bothered by the politics or otherwise of the visit, because the state is very peaceful.
"Let nobody bother him or herself that the President is coming for security reasons. We don't have security challenges in the state.
"We have never had herdsmen killings or crisis in the state, except when some criminals tried to disrupt the peace and they were checked. We resolved that challenge. "
He stated that there was no state in the country where kidnappers and armed robbers are not operating. He said if President Muhammadu Buhari was visiting because of kidnappers and armed robbers, then he should visit all the 36 states.
He, however, noted that as the state that produces the wealth that supports the country, President is welcome to visit the wealth producers of the nation.
He said, "Since the administration has abandoned Rivers State for three years, this visit may be a blessing in disguise. The President may use the visit to complete the Port Harcourt International Airport, the neglected East West road, the neglected sea ports and the rejected Port Harcourt-Aba road".
On the road, Wike said that the Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, King Dandeson Jaja, drew his attention to the challenges faced by residents of the populated suburb.
He urged the people to cooperate with the contractors to ensure scheduled completion of the road.
Commissioner of Works, Dum Dekor, assured that the seven roads would be completed in six months, while the project would offer employment to 230 youths.
The Works Commissioner noted that the road construction would also resolve the environmental challenges facing the residents.
Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area Caretaker Committee, Prince Noble Amadi, praised the governor for key projects across the area, assuring him of total support in 2019.