Rivers state governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike, has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) remains committed to a violent-free legislative rerun election in the state come December 10, 2016.
He also has declared that the state is too big for anybody to impose representatives on the people, stressing that the people must be allowed to elect their representatives.
Wike, who spoke yesterday during the dedication service for the flag-off of the PDP campaign for the 2016 re-run election in the state at Saint Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, Garrison Junction, Port Harcourt, called on the opponents of PDP to play within the rules of engagement.
The governor urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be neutral in the course of the rerun election to ensure that the will of the people prevails, saying, “this election will prove whether INEC is ready to conduct free and fair elections in Nigeria.
“What causes violence during election is when the umpire wants to manipulate, rig or write results. We will resist any attempt to write results. PDP will not be involved in anything violent, but we will not allow anyone to steal our votes. We will protect our votes and make sure that the people’s mandate is declared.”
He explained that the PDP was dedicating its forthcoming campaigns for the rerun elections to God, because the party relies on God for victories, noting that the party is sure of victory at the rerun polls because of the massive achievements of his administration in the last 17 months.
Venerable John Adubasim of the Saint Paul’s Anglican Church while dedicating the PDP campaigns for the rerun elections to God, asked members of the party to trust in the Lord for their sustenance and victory.