Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
With only two years into his tenure, the National Assembly Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has endorsed Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for a second term.
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, announced the endorsement and declared that it was a fallout of Wikeâ€™s excellent performance which has transformed Rivers State.
He spoke yesterday when he inaugurated Ulakwo II-Afara-Nihi Road in Etche Local Government Area constructed by the Wike administration.
He said: â€œIf you take the statistics and look at what Governor Wike has done in two years, I can safely say that he has done more than all APC governors put together.â€
The Deputy Senate President said Wike has changed the story of Rivers State from a state where insecurity was rife eight years ago, to the centre of development projects in the country.
Ekweremadu said: â€œA lot more will still happen over the next six years of Governor Wikeâ€™s leadership. Governor Wike is creating economic corridors which will enhance economic development. More of Wike will transform Nigeria.â€
He expressed satisfaction with the state-wide execution of projects by Wike, adding that the sustained inauguration of projects across Rivers State in the last three weeks indicate that the governor is a true example of good governance.
In his remarks, Wike stated that only the PDP can salvage Nigeria, because leaders of the party have the right vision for the development of the country.
He said while the APC prefers giving excuses for non-performance, the PDP has remained committed to the delivery of quality projects.
The governor berated the leadership of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) for trying to play politics with the development of the state.
He warned the Managing Director of NDDC against taking further steps to undermine development of Rivers State as the people would resist him.
He assured Etche people that he would continue to execute people-oriented projects to cater for their developmental needs.
He said in the next five weeks, his administration would unveil two other roads in Etche and flag off a road.
Member Representing Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency, Chief Jerome Eke, described the roads constructed by Wike in Etche Land as life-saving. He said the economic and political relevance of the roads would be felt during the next campaign.
Rivers State Works Commissioner, Iheanyichuwu Bathuel, said that the eight-kilometre road was constructed to link communities in the area.
Managing Director of Lubrik Construction Company, Golbert Sassine, said the state government has paid in full for the construction of the road.