Tony John, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Government has assured residents of the state that it would continue to do everything within its powers to secure lives and property in the state.
It has also urged indigenes and residents of the state to resist the tag of violence which enemies of the people are working hard to hang on Rivers for political reasons.
Commissioner for Information and Communications, Emma Okah, gave the assurance, on Monday, in a statement issued, in Port Harcourt, in reaction to the recent claim of the All Progressives Congress (APC), that Rivers State is unsafe.
According to Okah, “Rivers State is safe and the people are peaceful and love one another. Since 2015, they have been working together with the government of the State to improve upon their living standards.
“If the state were not safe, night life would have died, contractors would not be able to execute projects, national and international conferences would not hold in the State, investment inflow would not increase, IGR would decline, those who are branding the state as unsafe would not be able to visit and move about and life would be sour and brutish in the state”, Okah said.
He noted that the successes of Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration have become a burden for the APC, as they have nothing to show the people of the state since 2015.
“It is, therefore, shameful for some misguided APC members in the State to take it upon themselves to demarket the State by branding it as unsafe and promoting hostility against the government and people of the state to achieve narrow and dubious ends.
“I believe only God gives power to His chosen one and no matter how hard the APC tries in the state to discredit the achievements of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, the prayers of the churches and the people will bring them to their knees”, Okah added.
The Information Commissioner debunked APC’s allegation that the campaign train of its governorship candidate, Tonye Cole, was attacked by PDP supporters in Bakana, Degema Local Government Area.
Okah said, “It is satanic that the APC will hire thugs to shoot at and wound innocent people holding a PDP meeting in Ikwerre Local Government Area and turn around a few days later to stage manage an attempted attack on one of its own as a way of diverting attention and escaping public condemnation. Such narratives no longer impress anybody.
“Since the APC controls the police and security agencies, how come they have not been able to arrest and prosecute any PDP member on account of any alleged violent crime against the APC?” Okah queried.
He urged PDP faithful to remain law abiding, steadfast and deny APC supporters of the provocation they have planned against the PDP.