We’ll Rebuild PDP – Wike


A meeting ahead the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
National Convention billed to be held in the state next month ushered in activities last week in Government House.
As the Chairman of the 2016 PDP National Convention Committee, Governor Nyesom Wike played host to other members of the committee, which included governors of Taraba and Ebonyi States last Sunday; former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, Political Adviser to former President Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, Sir Celestine Omehia, Hon Leo Ogar were among those who attended the inaugural meeting.
Governor Wike urged members of the Committee to work as a team to ensure the success of the 2016 Convention, as he assured of a peaceful and hitch-free convention. “We are now in opposition. Our interest should be on how to rebuild the party,” Wike said.
Last Monday the Rivers State Government, through the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dr Austin Tam-George, in a statement raise alarm over plans by the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC) to arrest top government and PDP official on trumped-up charges.
In the words of Dr Tam-George “the intention is to use the frivolous petition as a basis to conduct indiscriminate and unlawful arrest of PDP members and government officials”.
The Commissioner related how some security agents had gone to the premises of Caretaker Chairman of Port Harcourt City Local Government Area to arrest him. On failing to apprehend him the security agents arrested every person in the premises.
He therefore advised party chieftains and government officials to resist any arrest as it is aimed at destabilizing the party and put fear in the minds of the people.
Following the incidence that engulfed the University of Port Harcourt last Monday, the Rivers State, Government has called for dialogue between the school authorities and the student body. This follows the death of a final year student during a protest by students over fees hike in the university.
Speaking on the matter, Deputy Governor, Dr Ipalibo Harry-Banigo, while receiving students under the banner of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), expressed regrets over the ugly incident. She assured that State Government was dialoguing with relevant authorities to resolve the matter.
The same view was held by the State Commissioner for Youth Development, Hon. Princewill Ogbogbula who implored the students to sheathe their swords and embrace dialogue to find lasting solution to the matter.
The Commissioner for Youth Development faulted the Police for using force to quell the protest,  while calling on the security agency to adopt more civil proactive measures to forestall such incident from happening again.
Last Thursday, Governor Wike commended the State Road Maintenance Agency for the rehabilitation of some portions of Aba Road and Azikiwe Road in Port Harcourt. He assured that his administration will ensure that all parts of the city, including federal roads are given a facelift.
Last Friday, Special Adviser to the governor on Special Projects, Mr Cyril Dum Wite inspected ongoing road projects at Rukpoku Eneka Road and Nkogu/NAAG Bridge, among others. He expressed satisfaction at the level of work at Rukpoku/Eneka Road.