Wike satisfied with pace of work at PH park

RIVERS State government will henceforth weed out traditional rulers who are directly involved in partisan politics, Governor Nyesom Wike has announced. The governor also charged traditional rulers to speak up against the deliberate plot to deny Rivers people representation at the Senate through the failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct re-run elections in the state. Declaring open the 104th quarterly general meeting of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers at the council’s secretariat in Port Harcourt yesterday, Governor Wike said that traditional rulers were expected to serve all members of their communities. According to him, “A traditional ruler who is an active member of a political party will not function in line with the expectations of all community residents. We have decided to weed out all the traditional rulers who are involved in active politics from the system in the interest of the state and the communities that you are meant to serve,” the governor declared.
He assured the traditional rulers that the development drive of his administration would get to all the local government areas of the state, saying “no part of the state will be left behind in our quest to develop our state.” Commenting on INEC’s failure to conduct the re-run elections in the state, Governor Wike said that the nation enjoys the benefits of the peaceful revenue generation from the oil fields of the state while it cites insecurity as reason for the perpetual postponement of rerun elections in the state. He wondered why the Rivers State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner would “shamelessly” ask for the withdrawal of a suit that sought to protect the electoral integrity of Tai Local Government Area, where the electoral body suspended election, only to turn around to compute fake results. In his address, chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and the Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom, Dandeson Jaja V commended the governor for his developmental strides in the state, and also called on INEC to be fair whenever it would conduct the outstanding re-run elections in the state.

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