Join politics only to improve lives, not for gains, Wike


Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, says the essence of joining a political party should be to improve the well-being of the people and not for pecuniary benefits.

The governor has maintained that there is still no alternative to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which has been working conscientiously to improve the quality of life of Rivers’ people.

He stated this at the grand reception in the honour of former director general of Tonye Cole campaign organisation,  Dr Chidi Lloyd, on his return to the PDP at Elele-Alimini in Emohua local government area.

Represented by his Chief of staff, Chief Emeka Woke, Governor Wike, said he was excited that Dr Lloyd, whom he described as a man of character and principle has decided to return to the PDP.

“Some of you who are here may not know when all of us agreed that we are standing for Rt Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, Chidi was standing alone, he was the lone voice crying in the House of Assembly.

“Some of you may have forgotten in a hurry the screening of the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission then, nominated by his Excellency, Celestine Omehia, led by one Dr Ogboda, he stood by Rivers people. He stood for the law and he defended the law passed by Rivers State House of Assembly.”

Governor Wike explained that the whole essence of joining political party or supporting a political party, should not be for personal or pecuniary benefit, but to improve the wellbeing of the people.

The governor said when Lloyd initially joined the APC, he had erroneously assumed it was the right thing to do at the time, until he realised the futility of joining a party that does not care about the wellbeing of his people.

“He has turned and we have to receive him because we know he is a man of character, we know he is a man of integrity” he said.

Governor Wike noted that since 2015, both the PDP and the APC have campaigned in Elele, but only the PDP has fulfilled its electioneering promises to fix all internal roads and develop human capital in Elele community.