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Rivers opposition condemns new public holiday

05 February 2016, 20:37

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has slammed the decision by the Rivers State Government to mark the victory of Governor Nyesom Wike’s court victory through public holidays.

The party said the move would be costly.

APC’s sentiments come hot on the heels of reports the government had announced today (Friday) was a public holiday to enable workers go home to participate in the previously scheduled rerun elections for Saturday.

Earlier, it was announced January 27 every year would be a public holiday, reportedly to commemorate the recent Supreme Court ruling endorsing Wike’s controversial election.

Also read: Friday declared a public holiday in Lagos

“Surprisingly, it is obvious that Gov. Nyesom Wike has no clue about the cost of a single public holiday especially costs occasioned by loss in man-hours across all sectors of the state economy,” APC Rivers spokesperson, Chris Finebone said.

“It amounts to obscene and primitive self-adulation and ego trip to embark on inflicting on the economy of Rivers State, with a fledgling economy especially at this time of economic downturn, unnecessary waste through loss of man hours.”

Finebone recalled that on the other hand, the APC recalled that on October 25, 2007, the Supreme Court declared Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi the elected governor of Rivers State.

“The only event that the former governor ever instituted to commemorate that day was a thanksgiving service to God all through his eight years in office as governor,” said Finebone.

“Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi did not declare a single public holiday on that account throughout his stay as governor of Rivers State.”

- CAJ News


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