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Rivers scoffs at "illegal" Peterside campaign

02 November 2015, 12:09Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Rivers State Government has accused the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate, Dakuku Peterside, of commencing an illegal campaign ahead of likely elections.

“The commencement of illegal political campaign by the defeated Rivers State APC Governorship Candidate, Mr Dakuku Peterside on Saturday is an action in self-delusion as the mandate freely given to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike by Rivers people will be reaffirmed by the Appellate process,” Simeon Nwakaudu, the spokesman, Nyesom Wike, said.

The governor’s spokesman said contrary to the alleged falsehood spread by the APC candidate during his illegal political campaign on Saturday, Wike was duly elected by the people and had managed the resources of the state prudently, kickstarting an unprecedented development process which stood him out as the best governor in Nigeria.

“Peterside during his illegal campaign on Saturday lied about alleged loans he claimed Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike had taken,” said Nwakaudu.

Also Read: Allegations Wike is turning people against Rivers judiciary

“It is public knowledge that the elected Governor of Rivers State was compelled to take N30 billion loan because the immediate past APC administration in the state crippled her finances, left the state in huge debts with months of unpaid salaries, pensions, unpaid scholarships, abandoned projects and a disillusioned populace.”

He said it was through financial prudence that the governor kick-started the state’s economy damaged by the immediate past governor and the Rivers APC.

“Indeed, Rivers State is one of the state that did not take the two tranches of the Federal Government bailout due to the Governor's financial prudence and consideration for the future of the state’s economy. Some states took as much as N50 billion to stabilise their economies and struggle towards productivity. However, Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has maintained Rivers State as a development centre where executions of projects have been the cornerstone stone in five months,” Nwakaudu added.

Nwakaudu said the so-called illegal campaign was a “wasted effort” as the people of Rivers State took their position to vote out the APC on April 11 and 12.

“Rivers State is in safe hands and the people are enjoying the benefits of good governance after the ungodly locust years of Rivers State APC.”

Peterside, who was not available for comment, and the APC are challenging the poll outcome that steered Wike to power.

They have received a major boost after the poll tribunal nullified the result.

- CAJ News


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