Governor Wike: Why I Made Peace With Amaechi


The rift between Governor Wike and Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi seems to have been put to bed. 

The two men whose differences have turned the Oil Rich State into a political battle field finally agrred to sheath their swords at a peace meeting summoned by the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.

The Independent National Electoral Commission had announced the postponement of the legislative rerun in the state earlier slated for Saturday following the burning of its office in Khana LGA.

Wike told PDP supporters at the Rivers West Senatorial District rally in Degema LGA that his administration would implement the resolutions of the peace meeting.

Wike said the people must be allowed to elect representatives of their choice into the State and National Assemblies.

“I was at the peace meeting because we love peace and want the state to move forward. I signed an undertaking on your behalf that we are prepared for INEC credible, free and fair elections. It is not in our position to have crisis because we are the ones losing.”

He pledged that the state government would partner with security agencies to ensure that peaceful elections were held in the state, adding that anybody who wanted the state to be set ablaze would be disappointed.

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Governor Wike
Dakuku Peterside, IGP, Rotimi Amaechi and Governor Wike

Wike expressed regret that some politicians were celebrating that the elections were postponed. He pointed out that his commitment that Rivers State should have representatives at the National Assembly was because the people of the state had been shut out on the deliberation of the Petroleum Industry Bill and other legislation.

The governor, however, called on the PDP members to remain vigilant while expecting the rerun elections. According to him, Nigerians know, the world knows that Rivers State is the PDP.

He pledged to ensure that development would spread across all local government areas of the state, adding that with the successes achieved in just one year, the remaining three years would witness more development.

Earlier, Deputy Governor, Ipalibo Harry Banigo, said the massive turnout at the rally was an indication that the people would always vote the PDP candidates.

The peace meeting was brokered by the Police and the Department of State Services for the peaceful conduct of the rerun elections in Rivers State.

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