Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
More than 500 former councillors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday endorsed Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, for a second term.
The councillors, who trooped to Government House Port Harcourt on a solidarity visit, declared that Wike has performed creditably and deserves to be re-elected.
The Chairman of the PDP Ex-Councillors Forum, Rivers State chapter, Mr. LoveGod Nweze, who led the delegation, declared that members of the forum were satisfied with Wikeâ€™s roll out of projects and programmes for the people of the state.
He said: â€œWe commend Governor Wike, for the execution of people-oriented projects across the state.
â€œWe applaud the governor for redeeming Rivers State from the clutches of evil forces who held the state down. He has invested in the development of all the local government areas of Rivers State.â€
They thanked God for giving Wike the enablement to work for the people of the state and urged him to accommodate former councillors in the execution of development projects.
Responding, Wike said the former councillors form a solid power bloc that would be used to reach out to the grassroots.
He assured the former councillors that the state government would phase the payment of their severance allowance.
He said: â€œWe will encourage local government areas to pay severance allowance to former councillors. However, because of the number, we will phase the payment.â€
The governor said the state government would reach out to the former councillors through appointments, adding that the group would nominate one member each for the seven local government areas where vacancies exist.
Wike assured the people of the state that his administration would continue to deliver democracy dividends to the people.