By Uchenna Ezeadigwe
Rivers Sporting Community on Monday unanimously endorsed incumbent Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for a second term in office. Wike in his speech, urged the sporting community to defend their votes in 2019.
Thousands of sportsmen, women and their supporters declared that their endorsement of Governor Wike was premised on the governor’s revival of sports after the former administration destroyed it.
The sporting community marched from Isaac Boro Park through the streets of the Old GRA to the Government House, Port Harcourt. The procession was carnival-like, as the sports community celebrated the governor.
Franklin Owhor moved the motion for the endorsement of the governor. He said the sporting community would support the governor to emerge victorious and his motion was seconded by Prince Kali Obi, who promised that all members of the community were staunchly in support of the Rivers state governor.
The president of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Honour Sirawoo, said that Governor Wike emerged as the winner of the Power of Sports Award because of his outstanding credentials.
He said that the award received the widest international media coverage, because the international sporting press appreciates the investments of Governor Wike in the sports sector. He said Governor Wike needed to continue for greater development of the state.
The Technical Director of Nigeria Football Federation, Christopher Green, described Governor Wike as the Pillar of Sports in Africa.
Green said: “Governor Wike has brought national and international recognition to Rivers people. We are proud to be Rivers people because of the performance of the Rivers State Governor “.
Goodwill messages came from Female Athletes led by Matilda Otuene and Leader of Rivers Sporting Community, Allwell Egorugu.
Responding, Governor Wike said that it was obvious that the APC federal government is not interested in conducting elections , hence all Nigerians must be vigilant.
While thanking the Rivers Sporting Community for their endorsement, Governor Wike said that henceforth Rivers athletes will be sponsored for major foreign sports events. He announced that five Rivers Angels players, five Rivers United Players and three Go-round Football Club players will be sponsored to the World Cup in Russia.
He said that the Confederation of African Football, CAF, president would be in Rivers state on May 28, 2018 to flag off the construction of the Real Madrid Football Academy in the state.
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