The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, has promised to tackle insecurity in order to boost economic development of the state if elected governor next year.
Peterside, who spoke in Bonny when he paid a courtesy visit to the Amanyanabo of Grand Bonny Kingdom, King Edward Asimini William Dappa Pepple, and the Bonny Council of Chiefs, to seek his royal blessing, said if elected, his administration will ensure even development across the state.
The APC governorship candidate was led on the courtesy visit to the Bonny monarch by the traditional rulers of Opobo and Nkoro, headed by Alabo Professor Dagogo Fubara of Opobo and Alabo Okamsin, the traditional ruler of Nkoro.
Peterside, who is currently a member of the House of Representatives said, “Today, security cannot be taken for granted; on our waterways, we hear about the activities of pirates; on land, you hear criminal activities everywhere. I don’t think that is the state we deserve and desire. So, for government, our primary responsibility should be security of lives and property and I will make that my first priority if I am given the mandate to government Rivers State.
“Your Majesty, you know as I do Sir, that without security, nobody can invest in this state; therefore, nobody can create jobs and when we don’t create jobs, our children will be idle and criminality will escalate further.
“Your Majesty, I say the choice of who becomes Governor of Rivers State demands diligence in making that decision. By the special grace of God, the founding fathers of Rivers State had a dream of a great state, to be the pride of not only Nigeria, but that of Africa.
“Our fathers had laboured, they had toiled, they made sacrifices and we have made a lot of progress, but we are not where we desire to be. Several years ago, the situation was worse than it is today, but by the contributions of leaders like your good self and some of our political leaders, we have accomplished some mileage. There is so much work to be done”.
In his response, King Dappa Pepple, who blessed Peterside, said the people of Bonny know that they have a right in deciding their future and would certainly do that when the time comes.
According to the monarch, “The people of Bonny for sure are people who know that they have the right to determine their future. That right is what you must exercise, you must express it. Therefore, it is important that you choose wisely because your decision today will determine the future.
“The blessing you seek from me is to bless your quest for the governorship of the state; you have my blessing. I wish you all the best; I wish you success and pray that God Almighty will fulfill your heart desires”.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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