(By Chris K. Amadi)-Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has thanked God for His miraculous intervention that frustrated internal and external conspiracies and made his second term after the March 9, 2019 election a reality.
The governor who was speaking at the State Victory Thanksgiving Service for his Electoral Victory on Saturday at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike stated that a few PDP governors worked with the opposition to ensure that the PDP was cheated out of her victory in Rivers State.
He said: “The fight was not just with the opposition. It was also within our party. When we lost the election in Ekiti State, one of our leaders in the South West said that Fayose is finished and the next person is Wike.
“Some governors within the party joined forces with the opposition against the State. But then, the will of God prevailed. I was not bothered by what the opposition did, but what some of our party members did was worrisome.
“Some persons working with us in the state betrayed. They felt there was no way that we would make it. They became agents of the opposition. But God intervened “.
Governor Wike commended the clergy and Rivers women for standing by him and the PDP all through the electioneering process. He said that their support ensured that the PDP emerged victorious.
“Our women showed so much concern. Some of them were ready to die because of our election. I don’t know how to thank them.
“For the first time, I saw women like Aba Women riot, coming out to say no, we will not agree. Let me assure you that I will not disappoint the Christian community in Rivers State “, he said.
The Governor assured Rivers people that he will work like a first term Governor, delivering on his pledges. He said that his performance will not be affected by the second term syndrome.
He reiterated that he is committed to the olive branch that he extended to the opposition in the State. He said that it was done to promote peace and not out of fear of political fight.
He said that the State Government will not abandon the families of courageous Rivers people who died in defence of democracy. He praised the PDP Governorship Election Collation Agent, Dr Ferry Gberegbe who was murdered by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad for defending democracy.
Governor Wike singled out his wife for praise on the positive roles she has played in sustaining his family.
In a sermon, Pastor David Ibiyeomie of Salvation Ministry said that an attitude of Thanksgiving provides a platform for development. He said God deserves gratitude for the blessings He bestows on the State.
He prayed for Peace to be restored in Rivers State through the direct control of God.
A minute silence was observed for all those who lost their lives defending democracy in Rivers State.