Wike’s Group In Rivers Turn Against Him, Says ‘We’ll Fight You Till Death’

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LEADERS of the Rivers State Grassroots Development Initiative (GDI) have issued a stern warning to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike to desist from interfering with politics in the state or be prepared got the consequences.

Raising from a meeting with the state governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara in Port Harcourt, the GDI leaders pledged their dedication and allegiance to the Rivers State Government and the Simplified Movement.

Speaking, Hon. Collins Onuwo, a former Chairman of the Coordinators Forum of the Grassroots Development Initiative and Chairman of GDI, said, “Yes, two days ago, Coordinators of the Grassroots Development Initiative from Ogugbolo, Gokana, Agba-Egbema Ndoni, Borno, Akuku-Toru, Asari-Toru, Ahoada-East resigned to join three of their members who had earlier resigned.

“These members are Kinikawa Amada of Port Harcourt Local Government, Daddy Green of Ahoada-West, Elder Ogolo of Opobo-Nkoro LGA, and Agumuo Eze of Oyibo LGA. We want the public to know that the GDI is the movement, the association, the group founded by the immediate past Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike. He founded that group.

“That group brought him to power. That group supported him for a second term. That group is his strength. Whoever he is today, it is because of the GDI. However, today, we have all collectively decided that we are no longer members of that group.

“The reason is that we want to stand with the people of Rivers. Rivers’ interest is paramount. When we started GDI in 2012 and 2013, we were told to stand for Rivers’ interest. What was Rivers’ interest then? We were told to ensure the protection of our brother-in-law, the President of Nigeria at that time, who happened to marry our beloved daughter, Patience Jonathan.

“That was Rivers’ interest then, and we all supported that interest, which led our chief, our leader, to become the Governor. In his second term, the interest was that people in Abuja said it should not happen, but Rivers’ interest demanded it.

“People died, blood was shed, those who survived did so with injuries, and those who were killed, may their souls rest in perfect peace. He won that election. We stood firm for Rivers State and the entire nation.

“Women came out to protest. Back then, women protesting naked was not considered an abomination. Today, what is Rivers’ interest? It is to ensure the protection of our votes that were brought in Siminalayi Fubara.

“The Supreme Court has affirmed that indeed, he won that election. It was the most peaceful election, devoid of bloodshed, accidents, or gunshots, and Fubara won in all the LGAs.

“This has never happened before… today, one man says that the election should not be held. We have joined millions of Rivers women, youths, and elders who insist on protecting our votes.

“We do not care who the Governor is. A fight against any youth in this state is a fight against the entire state. All the youths of Rivers State will stand against you. The fight against Edison Ehie, because he stood for the truth… all of us are willing to stand with Edison Ehie, even unto death.”

The GDI was founded by Mr Wike while serving as the governor of the state between 2015 to 2023. The former governor and his successor in office, Sir Fubara have been engaged in internecine warfare over the control of ‘political structure’ in the state. This has led to the intervention of President Bola Ahmed Timubu.  

 

Eighteen-Eleven Media 

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