(By Iheanyi Ezinwo, Publisher) – A pro-Wike organization in Rivers State, Wike for Positive Change, on Thursday stormed Oyigbo town in the Oyigbo Local Government area of Rivers State with a clear message to all eligible voters to register and ensure they obtain the Personal Voter’s Card.
Speaking at the event, the Director General of Wike for Positive Change, WFPC, Prof. Atuboyeodia Obienime explained that WFPC, is involved in grass root political evangelism, and that members of the group have a mandate to aggressively mobilize eligible voters to register and obtain the Personal Voter’s Card in order to participate in the 2019 election, to decide leaders of Nigeria at state and national levels.
“ Let the message go to the nooks and crannies of the local government area. All of you, from the age of 18 and above should register and ensure you retrieve your PVC. Ensure that all those around you get the PVC, because, with it, we can transform our condition.
“There is no local government area that Wike has not done something. The only way he can continue is when you have PVC to confirm he can continue”, Prof. Obianime stressed, adding that Rivers State, under Governor Nyesom Wike, has witnessed an inclusive administration which ensured that no one part of the state is left behind in development initiatives.
He further stressed that the voter’s card confers on the people the right to decide what they want and what they do not want, even as he maintained that voting out change is impossible without PVC, which according to him, is the one power that other powers bow to.
The distinguished scholar explained that members of WFPC have the mandate to take this message of sensitization of voters to all wards and units, an assignment he said other political parties and INEC should have been involved in but was being undertaken by the PDP alone.
In his remarks, the Chairman of Oyigbo Local Government Council, Hon. Gerald Oforji, lauded the pro-Wike group for their visit, boasting that Oyigbo is not only peaceful but also highly populated. He commended WFPC for doing well in reaching all the nooks and crannies of the LGA, and by so doing making the work easier for INEC.
“Don’t joke with voter’s registration: PVC is the way out of scorching economy. The goal is to vote out Buhari in 2015”, Hon. Oforji disclosed, even as he said that, he is happy to be associated with WFPC. The chairman promised the assistance of his council to the initiative at all times while thanking the people of Oyigbo for coming out enmasse to receive the leaders of the group.
Lending her support, Hon. Nancy Nwankwo, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, who is from the local government area, explained that politics is all about awareness creation. She asserted that the citizens can only bring about change and elect proven people if they have the voter’s card. She commended the group for adopting unit to unit strategy of mobilization, assuring that the people of Oyigbo will not disappoint.
Also speaking, Hon. Evans Bipi, Chief Whip and lawmaker representing Ogu/Bolo State constituency at the Rivers State House of Assembly, urged the people of Oyigbo to ensure they register, get their PVCs and vote in the forthcoming elections. He also challenged them to follow up to see that the votes are counted; ensure party agents sign and collect their copies before leaving the scene for those concerned to follow up the process at the collation centres.
In then same vein, Hon. John Nwachukwu, a Special Adviser to Governor Wike, observed that Voter’s registration and sensitization are very important in politics. He argued that power does not lie in the barrel of the of the gun but with the people and challenged the people to sensitize their family members and others in their neighborhood, to participate in the process that will birth new leaders in 2019.
The special adviser maintained that, unlike the immediate past administration of Rotimi Amaechi that neglected the area, Governor Wike has performed and given Oyigbo three roads and other projects, a strong reason, according to him, they should give the governor their support.
Many dignitaries attended the sensitization programme including Rt. Hon. Adams Dabotorudima, former Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly. A minute silence was observed in honour of late former member of Rivers State House of Assembly who represented Oyigbo State constituency, Precious Oforji, father of Hon. Gerald Oforji, the current chairman of Oyigbo Local Government Council.