Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
Over 500 Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) councillors on Wednesday endorsed Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for a second term.
The councillors who trooped to Government House Port Harcourt on a solidarity visit declared that Governor Wike has performed creditably well and deserves to be re-elected.
Chairman of the PDP Ex-Councillors Forum, Rivers State Chapter, Mr LoveGod Nweze declared that members of the forum are satisfied with Governor Wike’s roll out of projects and programmes for the people of the state.
He said: “We commend the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike for the execution of people oriented projects across the state.
“We applaud Governor Wike for redeeming Rivers State from the clutches of evil forces who held the state down. He has invested in the development of all the local government areas of Rivers State “.
They thanked God for giving Governor Wike the enablement to work for the people of the state. They urged him to accommodate former councillors in the execution of development projects.
Responding, Governor Wike said that the Former Councillors form a solid power bloc that will be used to reach out to the grassroots.
He assured the former councillors that the State Governmemt will phase the payment of their severance allowance.
He said: “We will encourage Local Government Areas to pay severance allowance to former councillors. However, because of the number, we will phase the payment.”
The governor said that the state government will reach out to the former councillors through appointments. He informed that the group will nominate one member each for the Seven Local Government Areas where vacancies exist.
Governor Wike assured the people of the state that his administration will continue to deliver democracy dividends to the people of Rivers State.