By; Chuks Menford, Port-Harcourt.
Rivers State Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike has declared that “nothing is impossible with God” and that God has saved him from serious embarrassment, stressing that the Supreme Court judgment on his election has restored the confidence of Nigerians in the Judiciary.
Wike made this known at his second Thanksgiving Service in his home town at Saint Peter’s Anglican Church, Rumukpirikom, in Obio/Akpor LGA where thousands of PDP leaders and supporters across the country attended.
He acknowledged the supremacy of God, stating that had it been the Supreme Court nullified his election, he wouldn’t take part in the rerun governorship election as a result of the evil plot to use security forces to instigate loss of lives. But God who works in his time reversed what people thought was irreversible with the previous judgements of the Election Tribunal and the Appeal Court.
He equally said that an evil plot had been hatched to arrest and detain him just to discourage his supporters before the legislative rerun election scheduled for 6th February. According to him the political powers had already indiscriminately arrested PDP members and leaders across the State.
He said: “Nothing is impossible with God. Men of God prophesied a few days to the Supreme Court that the judgment will confirm the mandate given to us by the Rivers people.
“We won the election clearly as has been confirmed by the Supreme Court. If there was a rerun, I wouldn’t have contested because there would have been bloodbath. I resolved not to be part of anything that would bring bloodbath. ”
He assured the people of Rivers State that he will judiciously use the mandate to advance the course of development in the state.
The governor reiterated his earlier declaration that he will not allow the rigging of the rerun elections in the State, noting that any INEC staff who attempts to rig will be treated as an armed robber.
He said: “I am the executive governor of Rivers State and a strong one for that matter. We will support INEC to conduct credible elections. However, any official who plans to rig will get the treatment reserved for armed robbers “.
He noted that the failure of the evil plotters means that Rivers people will return all the Legislators whose elections were nullified by the Appeal Court.
Governor Wike called for a comprehensive fight against corruption, urging support for the prosecution of all those who stole Rivers money to sponsor APC National election campaign.
The governor assured the Rivers State APC Governorship Candidate, Dakuku Peterside that he will be accommodated in the process of developing the state. He added that Dakuku Peterside is not an orphan, saying that: “I will be a father to Dakuku Peterside. He is not an orphan “.
In his sermon, Archbishop of Niger Delta Province, Dr Ignatius Kattey said that the victory of Governor Wike at Supreme Court has brought peace to the state. He called on the governor to be father of all the people of the state.
In attendance were Governors Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State.
Also present was the Former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, former Rivers State Governor Peter Odili and Celestine Omehia and National and State Legislators.