By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The success of the recently held ‘Operation Show Your PVC’ in Rivers state has been hailed as the final solution to the bad governance allegedly imposed on the state by Governor Nyesom Wike and his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The operation, coordinated by the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-South and Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, was organised to ascertain the readiness of the members of the party in the state and mobilise them ahead of the general elections next year.
Disclosing this in a statement he issued and circulated in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, a chieftain of the APC in Rivers state, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, commended the Minister of Transportation, who is also the Director-General/ Secretary of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, describing him as a dangerous political strategist, who despite his godly disposition, knows how to take the winning step at all times.
“This ‘Operation Show Your PVC’, which is an exercise targeted at meeting and knowing supporters of the Rivers APC with valid PVCs in the various wards of the state, has once again positioned the former Governor of Rivers state, current Minister of Transportation and the Director-General/Secretary of Buhari Campaign Organization, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, as a deadly political strategist, who has come to terms with the fact that to dislodge a slippery politician like Governor Nyesom Wike, there’s need of ensuring that over two million members of APC in Rivers dtate have their valid PVC. The era of PDP using militants and other untoward methods to rig elections has come an end. Definitely not in 2019.
“I’m of utmost hope that if the large number of people that have turned up so far to identify with this exercise will keep faith as faithful members of the party, coupled with the maturity so far exhibited by Pastor Tonye Cole, the flag-bearer of APC, in his choice of words and commitment towards rekindling hope among the demoralized people of Rivers state, then Governor Wike has no chance of winning anything more than three local government areas of the State, that is if he is not disqulifed due to his multiple dates of birth”, he said.
Eze observed further that the exercise had revealed the true feelings of the people of the state towards the party and its leader, Amaechi, recalling how an 80 year-old grandmother came out among thousands of party faithful in Oduoha in Emohua local government area, lamenting how life had taken a worse turn since Amaechi left the mantle of the state’s governance and calling for a return of the old good days of the APC administration in the state.
Quoting the aged grandmother, Eze wrote: “Are you the Amaechi that changed our lives when you were a Governor? What you did for us at the rural communities, our mouths cannot say them. We are so happy with you. I have come here to personally say thank you and to continue to support a good cause. Since you left as Governor, rural life has been tough and frightening. No sense of community anymore. We live in fear on daily basis. Cultism and insecurity have taken over our land. I am here with my PVC to show how much I need an APC-led Government back in Rivers State. We want those good old days back. We want to sleep with our two eyes closed.”
Eze who expressed faith in the leadership of Hon. Chidi Lloyd, former Leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly and the current DG of Tonye Cole Campaign Organization to lead the party to glory come 2019, urged all and sundry to line behind Tonye Cole so that collectively we can rescue Rivers State from its present pitiable and sorrow state.