Rivers State Govenor, Nyesom Wike, has denied making any inciting statement with regard to the March 19 re-run elections in the state.
He however insisted that the re-run elections in the state must be free and fair, adding that Rivers people must defend their votes and elect individuals who are capable to deliver as promised.
Wike spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt at the inauguration of the 3.144 kilometres Nkpogu Link Road and Bridge.
“They said I am inciting people over the re-run elections. That is not true. President Muhammadu Buhari has said the country must insist on free and fair elections. I am only supporting Mr. President that the election must be free and fair. I should be congratulated for that.”
He enjoined the people to participate in the election but ensure that they protected their votes.
The governor said: “There is no need to allow the APC to come back to the state. If you allow them to come back, they will scuttle development projects for our people.
“We are children of light. We are in the promised land and we cannot return to the days of darkness represented by the APC.”
He added: “We must protect our votes to reclaim our mandate. This is our opportunity to tell Nigerians once again that this is a PDP state.”
Commenting on the bridge, Wike said it was started from the very beginning to its completion by his administration. He said the immediate past government awarded the contract in 2012 but refused to fund the project.
He said the bridge and road project would improve traffic between LNG and Trans-Amadi areas of the town.
The governor called on the people to cooperate with the contractor to execute the phase 2 within the approved timeline and specifications.
He declared that his administration was bent on fulfilling its promises to the people and so monetary fund would not hinder the completion of the phase II of the project.
‘’The time for promising and not fulfilling is over, I promised Nkpogu community that if they give us their mandate I would complete this project, they gave us their mandate and so we would in turn fulfill our promise by completing this project.
‘’And I can assure you that funding will not be a problem to the completion of the second phase of this project,” he said.
Meanwhile the state Commissioner for Works, Mr. Kelvin Wachukwu, while appreciating the Govenor for bringing development to the Nkpogu people , said the dual carriage link bridge would ease the sufferings experienced by transporters on the busy road.
‘’The state will bear witness that from the inception of this administration, the state has moved from bad to better….
‘’I know prior to this period I have received complaints from several transporters because of the hardship they face resulting from holdups as this is a business area with high traffic. I have always told them to be patient because all this years they had to bear their sufferings and this time around, a Daniel came to put their sufferings to an end.”
In his remarks, the Chairman of Monier Construction Company (contractors of the project ), Senator John Mbata, said the company was prepared to partner the state government in the development of the state.
“We have delivered the project within time and budget. We are prepared to do more. We also assure you of quality works at all times,” he said.