Rivers PDP Chairman, Akawor Makes Case For Wike
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Rivers State, Ambassador Desmond Akawor says Governor Nyesom Wike has been fair to every part of the state in terms of project execution and spread of appointment.
Speaking when he received the executive members of Kalabari Peace and Unity forum who visited him on Friday 19th August, 2022,
Ambassador Desmond Akawor said there is no local government area in the state that does not have at least two projects undertaken by the present administration under the leadership of Governor Nyesom Wike.
He said in the Ogoni axis a good number of roads and educational institutions have received the attention of the Wike government while same gesture has been extended to the Kalabari people.
Ambassador Akawor explained that the Governor appointed Kalabari sons and daughters into positions of responsibilities including those of the Deputy Governor and Secretary to the State Government and ither top positions in his administration, contending that the Kalabaris have also occupied prominent positions within and outside the country.
“Kalabari has produced people who have made this country, people who have been in the Supreme Court, people who have been in the World Court at the Hague, Kalabari is a society that we should not allow certain people to dictate what should happen there”.
He said as members of the same political party, it behaves on all to support the actions and decisions of the Governor, rather than oppose or castigate him.
“We are members of PDP not APC or any other political party, so we should not allow members of other parties to come into our own system and tell us what to do.
The best we can do is to support him, especially at this transition time when he is going to hand over to our brother and not to pull him down, not to destroy him, not to go to the media and castigate him”.
He described the Kalabari Peace and Unity movement as a formidable organisation that has shown interest in the programmes and activities of Governor Nyesom Wike and the PDP, including support for the choice of the Governorship candidate of the party.
He assured members of the Forum that Sim Fubara, a young man who does not belong to any group would carry the youth population along and take the state to a new level of growth.
The PDP Chairman said the people of Kalabari have benefited from the Wike-led administration in terms of road construction, reconstruction of educational infrastructural , and land reclamation, among others.
“In terms of project execution, nobody ever thought that the Trans Kalabari road will be executed, even the Abonema Ring road. Am sure you all know that it was awarded to a Kalabari man and he didn’t execute it.
He (Governor Wike) came and said those projects must be completed. The major problem for most of our Riverine communities is land. Today we see what is going on in Abonema.
The Governor is also reclaiming about 50 hectares of land in the area. So there is no way the Kalabaris will complain that they are not part of the system”.
He lauded the group for the visit saying that they took a wise decision and promising that the local government council chairmen would involve them in the scheme of things.
Earlier, the leader of Kalabari Peace and Unity movement, Hon Orolosama Amachree said their visit was to pledge their loyalty to the PDP and readiness to work for the victory of Siminialayi Fubara, Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 election.
Orolosama Amachree said youths of Kalabari were not part of those who claimed to beaker over the choice of Sim Fubara as the PDP Governorship candidate in the state.