Secondus, PDP presidential campaign council back Tinubu, subscribe to Renewed Hope Agenda

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A former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, and members of the PDP Rivers State Presidential Campaign Council, on Thursday, declared their loyalty and support for President Bola Tinubu and Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

 

This was as the campaign council took a swipe at the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, for causing a crisis in River State, while imploring President Tinubu to keep a close watch on him.

 

The Director General of the former Rivers State PDP-PCC and former Minister of Transport, Dr Abiye Sekibo, made the declaration on behalf of the former council at a news briefing in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

 

Sekibo said with the general elections over and the finality of the Supreme Court verdict pronouncing the winners, they stand by the verdict, pointing out that it was time for governance, which underscored their support for both Tinubu and Fubara for the progress of the country and Rivers State.

 

 

The development comes amid the feud between Fubara and his estranged political godfather and predecessor, Wike.

 

Fubara survived an impeachment plot by pro-Wike lawmakers last October.

 

The campaign council was the latest of the many groups to take sides and declare support for Fubara against Wike.

 

 

Speaking on Thursday, Sekibo said,  “We have just risen from a meeting of the leadership of the former Rivers State PDP Presidential Campaign Council and members of the PDP in Rivers State who stood by the party after the National Convention of our party produced our presidential candidate, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar, Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999-2007), Wazirin Adamawa.

 

“The elections are since over and the Supreme Court has ruled on the finality of that contest, pronounced His Excellency Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Grand Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic, as the duly elected President of Nigeria. We stand by that verdict.

 

“As law-abiding citizens and responsible leaders of our party in Rivers State, we recognise the elected President of our country and pledge our full support for the success of his administration for the benefit of all Nigerians.

 

“In effect, we subscribe to the Renewed Hope Agenda and the President’s efforts at strengthening our economy, promoting peace and harmony in our dear country, Nigeria.

 

“In the same vein, His Excellency, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, was elected democratically as Governor of Rivers State, and also confirmed by the Supreme Court. As indigenes of Rivers State, we have no choice but to give our dear governor our total loyalty and support for the progress of our state.

 

“In that same vein, we urge our governor and Mr President to work together for the good of Rivers people. With the elections over, now is the time for real governance for the progress of our nation.”

 

Sekibo, however, expressed sadness over the political crisis that rocked the state a few months ago, which he alleged was orchestrated by an individual.

 

“Today, we are sad because in the last few months, the peace of our state has been disturbed by the foolish actions of one selfish man who believes that more than seven million Rivers people are his slaves for electing him as their governor for eight years.

 

“Our people are not a conquered lot and would never subscribe to the mentality of conquest. We also refuse to be divided along tribal or ethnic lines.

 

“Unfortunately, he has consistently abused the privilege that God bestowed upon him through the votes of the people, by committing crimes against the interest of the state.

 

“Lately, he has resorted to insulting our revered leader, and former Governor, His Excellency, Dr Peter Odili, and his wife, Her Excellency Honourable Justice Mary Peter-Odili, because they refused to support him in his failed attempt to impeach the duly elected Governor of Rivers State, Sir Siminalayi Fubara.”

 

While noting that they had nothing against the President compensating Wike with the office of the FCT Minister, Sekibo said, “We owe the President a duty to explain some facts and advise him on the character and machinations of his appointee.

 

“We strongly advise Mr President to keep a close watch on the FCT Administration. The FCT Minister has threatened publicly to destabilise the peace in Rivers State. The President has a duty to rein him in.

 

“We, the Rivers people, will not stand by while an individual decides that we will not sleep with our two eyes closed. All well-meaning Rivers people are advising the President to caution his appointee.”

 

 

Sekibo declared that “a vast majority of Rivers people are solidly with our Governor Sir Siminalayi Fubara, and will not allow an illegal and unconstitutional assembly of any sort, impeach him or disrupt the smooth governance of our dear state to cause a breach of the public peace.”

 

“Rivers State is too economically strategic for the nation to be toyed with especially at a time when our nation is looking to maximize her oil production to meet her OPEC quota,” he said.

 

He called on all Nigerians irrespective of party, tribal or ethnic affiliations to rally round the Tinubu administration, “so that working together, we will collectively overcome these hard economic and security challenges facing us all.”

 

The gathering had in attendance Sir Celestine Omehia, former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Austin Okpara, former Deputy Governor of Rivers State, Tele Ikuru, former Senator, Lee Maeba, former Secretary to the Rivers State Government, Gabriel Pidomson.

 

Others were former Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Emma Okah, former Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs Toru Ofili, former NDDC Commissioner Representing Rivers State, Shedrack Akarolo, among others.

 

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