Violence: Wike stops council aspirants

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has announced the disqualification of all PDP chairmanship aspirants in Degema Local Government Area. 

The disqualification of all the Degema PDP Chairmanship aspirants is premised on their involvement in violence during the councillorship primaries. 

A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media quoted the governor as saying that the disqualification will serve as deterrent to other politicians who are involved in violence. 

Urges CTC chairmen to serve their people diligently

Wike has also charged new Caretaker Committee Chairmen  in the state to strive to serve their people diligently .

Swearing in the Caretaker Committee Chairmen and a Commissioner at the Government House Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor Wike advised them against pursuing financial gains.

The governor said no amount of wealth gained through fraudulent means while serving in councils would sustain the new council chiefs.

He  said: “My advice is that  you should use  the two months of your service to leave a legacy behind. If you serve to the satisfaction of your people, it is to your advantage”.

He directed all local government areas in the state to build office accommodation for the Rivers State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency.

The governor said that in the interim, the councils should provide office spaces for the neighbourhood safety corps agency, pending the construction of their offices.

The governor warned the council caretaker committee chairmen against using council resources to sponsor candidates for local government primaries.

Governor Wike also said  that the same situation may apply  to Asari-Toru Local Government Area where there are signs of violent conduct by the aspirants and their supporters.