Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
Thousands of Rivers youths wednesday staged a four-kilometre walk to Government House, Port Harcourt to endorse Governor Nyesom Wike for a second term in what they said was in appreciation of his outstanding performance.
The walk, tagged: â€˜Walk4Wike Season 2,â€™ took off from the Port Harcourt Pleasure Park through the length of Aba Road and terminated at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
In the course of the long trek, the youths shared handbooks, DVDs containing Wikeâ€™s achievements and sang pro-Wike campaign songs to further sell the governor to the people.
The walk which was coordinated by D-Source Connect Group, had endorsements and participation from hundreds of social media and civil society groups.
Speaking after the walk, the Convener of the Walk4Wike Season 2, Vincent Amadi, declared that Rivers youths resolved to stage the walk as a way of telling the international community and other Nigerians that the people were in full support of Wike.
He said contrary to the negative propaganda being sponsored by opposition elements, Wike has performed creditably, churning people-oriented projects across the state.
Amadi said: â€œThe youths of Rivers State have come to say that come 2019, Wike should present himself for a second term.
â€œWe will March across the 23 local government areas to promote the candidature of Governor Wike and to ensure that he wins in 2019â€.
In his remarks, member of the House of Representatives, Mr. Ken Chikere, said the walk is an endorsement of the performance of Wike.
Responding, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, represented by his deputy, Ipalibo Harry Banigo, commended the youths for identifying with performance and good governance.
He declared his commitment to sustained delivery of projects and programmes that will empower the youths of the state.
He said: â€œThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has impoverished Nigerians. Today, Nigerians are poor and there is no money in circulation. Unemployment is the order of the day. Indeed there is no positive change anywhere.
â€œIn Rivers State, since 2015, we have had purposeful leadership. We donâ€™t care what happens at the centre. We are focused on developing Rivers State. You can see the projects being executed and the people are being carried along â€œ.
The governor said institutions have been strengthened, leading to economic and social growth across the state.
Highpoint of the walk was the presentation of gift to the Rivers State Governor by the leader of the D-source Connect Group.