Rivers LG Polls: Wike expresses gratitude to God
By Dennis Essang, Port Harcourt
Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, has expressed gratitude to God for the victory of the People’s Democratic Party candidates at 17th local government polls.
Governor Wike, expressed this during a Thanksgiving Service for successful local government chairmanship and counsellorship elections at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Port Harcourt on Sunday.
Represented by his deputy, Dr lpalibo Harry Banigo, Governor Wike said “it is not by our power; it is not by our strength; it is not by our making; but by the Holy Spirit. That is what God has ordained for Rivets state.
According to Wike, Rivers state is a PDP state and would always be, noting that it is only the PDP that could save this nation from imminent collapse.
“ln his words: “You can see clearly that the APC government has failed us – insecurity everywhere, is there any day that you do not hear of people being killed in one part of the country or the other. We hear of kidnapping, we hear of all sorts of crime, poverty, people are crying, suffering everywhere because of bad government “. He further stressed
The state chief executive, who urged the citizenry to be vigilant and careful, noted that the insurgency we are hearing about was targeted at the body of Christ, adding that church of God would continue to match forward and the gates of hell shall never prevail against the church.
Governor Wike who said God delivered the state and gave us a peaceful local government election thanked the Bishop and the house hold of faith for the stressing that the negative narrative about violent elections in the state is a now a thing of the past.
Speaking on the side line of the Thanksgiving service, PDP chairman in Rivers state, Ambassador Desmond Akawor charged the newly elected local government chairmen to ensure that they deliver the dividends of democracy to their people, using the template made available by Governor Nyesom Wike.
He said the service was to thank God Almighty for making the state conduct a violence free – free elections, saying that it was only God alone that made the exercise a hitch free.
In his sermon taken from Luke16: 19, the Bishop, Diocese of Niger Delta North, Rt. Rev. Wisdom Budu lhunwo, who said leadership was a responsibility and not a settlement, informed the newly elected officers that a great task ahead of them, adding that the office was a privilege.
Bishop lhunwo advised them not to abandon God when they get into office, stressing that without God they cannot succeed.
“Hold on to God, leadership can only succeed when God is involved, learn how to appreciate God at all times” He further stressed.