By; Jacob Onjewu Dickson
The electorate in Rivers East Senatorial Zone has been urged not to cast even a single vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the party has caused enough havoc in the State.
The plea is coming from the State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which believes that any vote cast for PDP on Saturday can only compound the woes of Rivers State inflicted on it by PDP and Governor Nyesom Wike.
Rivers APC said in a statement issued Wednesday in Port Harcourt by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya that “Today, Chief Nyesom Wike, the imposed Governor of Rivers State, has succeeded to make the State a laughing stock throughout Nigeria and beyond. All the great legacies of the administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi are being destroyed and desecrated. Most annoying is the unjustifiable closure of the over 24 model secondary schools which some people have described as being better than some universities in Nigeria. The war against education in Rivers State includes the closure of 500 model primary schools that were operational before Wike became Governor on May 29 last year.
“As if this was not enough, Wike and PDP went ahead to cancel the scholarship scheme set up by the administration of Amaechi, thereby denying the less privileged in Rivers State the opportunity to acquire higher education. They have since withdrawn 1,000 students on scholarship overseas, most of them in their final year of studies
“It is regrettable that most of those affected by Wike and PDP’s anti-education policies are children of the the Eastern Senatorial Zone. This is the right time to punish Wike and his visionless stooges in PDP that he wants to impose on us as lawmakers. There could be no better opportunity to do this than the 19th March, 2016 rerun elections. We appeal to the good people of Rivers East to reclaim their future on Saturday by overwhelmingly voting Hon. Andrew Uchendu as their Senator, together with APC’s candidates for the Federal House of Representatives and the State House of Assembly polls.”
Hon. Andrew Igbonule Uchendu: A 1992 recipient of the Federal Government National Productivity Merit Award. An influential member of the Federal House of Assembly for many years who have to his credit six crucial motions, namely, Ogbakiri crises, Rehabilitation of the East/West Expressway, the Establishment of the Oloibiri Oil Museum, Youth Unemployment and Youth Restiveness in Nigeria, Insecurity in the Niger Delta and the Invasion of the Rivers State House of Assembly by Hoodlums. He has in addition, sponsored three fundamental Bills in the House. They are the Standard Tendering Procedure for the Award of Contracts in the Public Service (popularly known as Due Process), the National Youth Development Programme and the Amendment to the Petroleum Technology Development Fund Act.
This astute politician is the APC candidate for the Senate from the East Senatorial zone
The statement listed APC’s House of Reps candidates for the zone as
1. Elder Wihioka Chidi Frank of Emohua/Ikwerre Federal Constituency
2. Hon. Ogbonna Nwuke of Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency
3. Hon. Maureen Tamuno of Okirika/Ogu-Bolo Federal Constituency
4. Chief Tony Okocha of Obio/Akpor Federal Constituency
5. Hon. Igo Aguma of Phalga I Federal Constituency
6. Collyns A. N. Owhonda of Phalga II
As for the State House of Assembly elections, it gave the names of the party’s candidates as
1. Hon. Chief. Barr Lloyd Chidi Julius of Emohua. A true soldier of democracy who if not for his bravery, Wike and his cohorts would have destroyed our nascent democracy.
2. Hon Golden Ngozi Chioma of Etche II
3. Hon. Azubuike Wanjoku of Ikwerre
4. Hon. Collins Ordu of Obio/Akpor I
5. Belief Wali A of Obio/Akpor II
6. Leo Anyanwu of Omuma
7. Irene M. Inimgba of Port Harcourt II
With these great and carefully selected leaders, Wike and his fairy tale PDP will be history after the rerun election of March, 2016 in Rivers State the statement stressed.
By; Jacob Onjewu Dickson