At Saturday’s campaign stop in Opobo, all the speakers, including
Hon. Michael Donald Igolima the CTC Chairman of Opobo/Nkoro LGA, Mrs. John
Africa spoke for Opobo Elderly Women, Chief Sullivan Akachukwu, who spoke for
the non-indigenes; Dr Sofiri B. Peterside, who spoke for the youths; and Hon.
Maclean B Uranta, a community leader and former Chairman of Opobo/Nkoro LGA,
supported the candidature of Dakuku Peterside on behalf of their groups.
Sam Jaja, a member of the Board of Trustees of APC, who is also a son of the
area, spoke on behalf of the Opobo Community. He thanked the State APC
leadership for considering Opobo/Nkoro worthy to be given the office of the
Governor of Rivers State. Jaja described the event as a tip of the celebration
that would be witnessed during the swearing-in ceremony of Dakuku Peterside as
the Governor of Rivers State come May, 29th, 2015.
In his speech, Director General of Rivers APC Campaign Organisation, Chief
Victor Giadom, emphasised that no matter the date of the election as fixed by
INEC, what matters is that Dr. Peterside will be sworn-in as Governor on May
29th, 2015, and General Muhammadu Buhari as President of the Federal Republic of
Thanking his people for their love and support, Dakuku Peterside said it would
be unfair to ask him to campaign in his own place as his initiatives exhibited
in various projects in the area attest that he is a good representative of his
people in all the offices he has so far occupied on their behalf. The offices
include as Chairman of the Local Government, when he was declared as the Best
and Most Outstanding Chairman in Rivers State, as Commissioner of Works under
the administration of Governor Chibuike Amaechi, and presently as a member of
the Federal House of Representatives and Chairman of the Committee on Upstream.
Dr. Peterside publicly conveyed his people’s appreciation that out of the 23
local government areas it was Opobo/Nkoro that was chosen and “God decided that
a son of this area be chosen to be the next Governor of Rivers State.” He
reassured all Rivers people including the non-indigenes, of the commitment of
his administration once elected to continue the legacies of Governor Amaechi,
“including empowering all Rivers State people, of which the non-indigenes are an
integral part, through my Four-Point Agenda titled ‘Road Map to Prosperity’ for
the people of Rivers State.” The APC flag-bearer explained that the Four-Point
Agenda aimed at taking Rivers State to the next level include Public Sector
Accountability and Security of Lives and Properties; Employment Generation and
Wealth Creation; Social and Human Capital Development and Empowerment; as well
as Institutional and Physical infrastructure Development and Food Security.
Dr. Peterside thereafter presented his running mate, Hon. Honourable Asita O
Asita, to the huge crowd. Hon. Asita in his remarks assured the people that the
forthcoming Peterside administration would develop Opobo/Nkoro, including
reclaiming the land for roads and other projects. He thanked the community for
giving APC a person of Dakuku Peterside’s caliber and assured them that they
would be adequately rewarded.
Long Live APC!
Long Live Rivers State!!
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,
SSA on Media and Public Affairs to the State Chairman, APC Rivers State.