Governor Wike Says Plot To Rig Rivers Rerun Elections Will Fail

Governor Wike Says Plot To Rig Rivers Rerun Elections Will Fail

Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt

▪flags off reconstruction of Bonny Jetty

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the  Independent National Electoral Commission  (INEC ) and her cohorts plotting  to transplant the Edo State rigging model in Rivers State  will fail as the  people of the state will resist them.

He stated: “Anyone planning to steal our mandate will be resisted. Nobody  can intimidate us. They will  rig themselves into the water”.

He spoke on Wednesday  while flagging off the  reconstruction of Bonny Jetty at the Bille/Bonny/Nembe Waterfront in Port Harcourt.

The governor  stressed that INEC and pliant  security  agencies  will not  be allowed to  use the Edo governorship election model in Rivers State.

“I hear some persons celabrating that they will repeat what they did in Edo State,  here in Rivers State.  Somebody who is suffering from malaria can say anything.  But nobody will use the police to rig the rerun elections in Rivers State

“If you  want to take our mandate by force, you will  go by force. All the people of Rivers State must remain vigilant.  INEC  may want to take us unawares “, Governor Wike said.

On the flag off of the reconstruction of Bonny Jetty,  Governor Wike  said  that the project is aimed at developing a quality  water transport  jetty where safety and security is promoted .

He said that the reconstruction of the jetty is in fulfilment of the pledge that he made to the people  of  the  area during the electioneering campaign.

He said: “The day I came here to inspect this facility,  I wept because of the condition  of  the  jetty. We will develop it into a modern jetty.

“All the roads in the township suburb will also be rehabilitated  by Julius Berger.”

Governor Wike while asking the residents of the area to support the contractor  to deliver  the  contract on schedule,  he  charged the contractor to employ the residents of the area in the course of reconstruction work.

In his remarks, Commissioner for Transport,  Mr Akie Fubara said the Bonny Jetty will have a new jetty walkway and platform,  terminal building housing arrival and departure lounges,  improved driveway,  retention wall and enhanced  car parks.

Managing Director of Raffoul NigeriaLimited, Mr Hana Raffoul assured that the jetty will be constructed in line  with international standards.

Thousands  of  residents turned out  to  welcome Governor Wike  and celebrate  the  project. The Bonny Jetty was to left to degenerate several years  after it was constructed.

It is the main gateway  to Bonny and Bille in  Rivers State and Nembe in Bayelsa State.