By Amaechi Okonkwo, Port Harcourt
Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike has claimed that since the All Progressives Congress APC took over government at the federal level in 2015 Nigeria has lost over 20 million jobs attributing it to the poor management of the economy by President Mohammadu Buhari.
Addressing thousands of supporters during the PDP campaign rally at Obio/Akpor Local Government Area over the weekend, Wike said that it is only under the PDP that sustained development can take place.
He said: “since this government came into power in 2015, we have lost not less than 20 million jobs. Instead of them to create jobs, we are losing more jobs. Trans Amadi used to be an industrial hub but since this government came to power most companies have collapsed”.
“Atiku Abubakar through quality economic policies will revive the Trans-Amadi Industrial Estate and the two seaports in Rivers state.
“Atiku Abubakar will create jobs and ensure that the government works for the good of all Nigerians”, he said.
While acknowledging Obio/Akpor as the local government area with the highest number of registered voters in the state, Wike urged the people to cast 90percent of their votes for the PDP and her candidates. He advised PDP members to ensure that the party wins all the 359 polling units of the local government area saying that political patronage would be based on winning of polling units.
“You must deliver your polling unit. Victory of the polling unit is the ticket to political appointments. We don’t want to hear any excuse that your polling unit result was snatched. You must protect the results “, he said.
The governor advised the people not to be deceived by INEC claims that they will organise credible polls charging remain vigilant to protect their votes.
Wike said that the PDP remained sure of victory in Rivers state because his administration has satisfied the people.
Speaking further, he said that only those who have impacted positively on the state should contest elections or promote candidates pointing out that as a minister he attracted development to the state. He wondered why the minister of transportation has failed Rivers people, despite his opportunities in the failed APC federal government.
Director General of Rivers state PDP Campaign Council, Ambassador Desmond Akawor said that all across Obio/Akpor local government area, the projects of Governor Wike were a testament of his performance.
Rivers state PDP chairman, Bro Felix Obuah said that the rally was a mass affirmation of the governor’s acceptance by his people. He said that rally is more than a local government gathering.