The ray of hope was contained in a statement by Rivers APCcongratulating Peterside on the occasion of his 45th birthday onThursday, 31st December, 2015. Peterside is the Rivers APC candidatefor the State Governorship Election in which both the ElectionTribunal and the Appeal Court have ordered to be repeated within 90days after voiding the sham polls of April 11, 2015 that illegallybrought Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to power.
“We wish to heartily greet our Governor-in-waiting on the occasion ofhis 45th birthday, which is coming shortly after his repeatedvictories over Wike and the PDP in the courts of law. We have no doubtthat he will repeat this feat during the forthcoming Rivers re-rungubernatorial election. This has become imperative in view of thesharp increase of insecurity, kidnapping, armed robbery and diversecriminal activities in our dear State since Chief Wike became governor
by force on 29th May, 2015. We thank the good people of Rivers Statein advance for their votes and wish to reassure them that Petersideshall, upon assumption of office as governor, wipe away the tearswhich Wike has inflicted on them,” Rivers APC said in a statementsigned by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya.
The statement issued Monday in Port Harcourt noted that “victory forPeterside in the court-ordered re-run polls will go a long way toaddress the three principal injustices visited on some sections ofRivers State4 one of which is the Riverine areas of the State notoccupying the seat of power since 1990.” Continuing, the party said:“The second injustice to be addressed is that of the Ogoni, a keytribe of the State, not producing a Governor, Deputy Governor or theSpeaker of the State House of Assembly since the creation of the Stateas far back as 1970. The last injustice is that of the South-EastSenatorial Zone not producing the Governor since the creation of theState, as Rivers East produced Dr. Peter Odili while Rivers Westproduced Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, thus leaving the South-East in thecooler all these years.”
According to Rivers APC, “Dakuku’s candidature is a divine script. Itenables APC to achieve two of the three necessary goals of concedingpower to the South-East Senatorial Zone and also shifting power fromthe Upland to the Riverine area of the State. Dr. Dakuku AdolPeterside, from the Riverine area of Opobo/Nkoro LGA, is a veteranfederal lawmaker, a symbol of unity and a symbol of hope for RiversState and her teeming population.”
The party warned that if Wike becomes governor, it will make theUpland to govern the State for 24 years, thus effectively excludingboth the South-East and the Riverine from governance of the State.“This to us in APC is the highest injustice that can be meted to afellow partner in the growth and progress of our dear State. This isthe mission and goal of the struggle and battle for the soul of RiversState,” the statement said.
It described Peterside as a personality widely accepted by all thesections of the State, a symbol of unity, visionary, egalitarian andmost importantly a patriot whose love for Rivers State and her peopleis infectious.
In addition, according to Rivers APC, “Peterside is a man who hasearned a reputation as a charismatic and disciplined leader; creativeand hardworking, a broad-minded fellow with strategic insight. Hebrings integrity, compassion, pro-poor perspective and intellectualdimension to bear in tackling tough national issues. His loyalty tofriendship and bridge building skills are remarkable. He is respectedas one of the most result oriented, meticulous, consistent,
trustworthy and God fearing political leaders. In all public officeshe has held he has brought innovation to bear and made remarkableimpact that has endeared him to his fellow compatriots. He is a rolemodel and mentor to several young persons, who look up to him forinspiration.
“As we congratulate him for turning 45 we urge him not to relent untilthe total freedom of River State from the politics of WIKEdness isachieved.”
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,SSA on Media and Public Affairs to the State Chairman, APC Rivers State