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We stand with you, Former Ministers Tell Wike



Former Ministers have declared their support for the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike in the face of a political siege on Rivers State as masterminded  by the All Progressives Congress ( APC).



They asked the  governor to stand firm in his defence  of  democracy.

This is as Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike assured that he will remain focused to defend democracy and the interest of the Rivers people.


In a solidarity  visit to Governor Wike  at the Government House, Port Harcourt  on  Thursday  night, representatives of the Forum of Former Ministers  lauded Governor  Wike  for  being a pillar of democracy  and providing the right leadership  for the Rivers people.

The Representatives  of the Forum of Former Ministers  at the Solidarity Meeting include: Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Former Jigawa State Governor, Dr Sule Lamido, Former Minister of Education and Former Kano State Governor, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, Former Minister of Youth Development and Former Adamawa State Governor, Mr Boni Haruna, Former Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, Former Minister of Women Affairs, Iyom Josephine Anenih, Former Minister of State for Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada and Former Minister, Ambassador  Musa Kazaure.

Chairman  of the  Forum of Former Ministers, Dr Sule Lamido  stated that the Solidarity Visit to Governor Wike  was aimed at encouraging him to remain steadfast  and focused in his promotion  of  the  tenets of democracy.

He said: "We are with you in your  travails. We support  you all the way. We know that you are under siege  by anti-democratic forces.

"No matter  the tyranny of the oppressor, the voice of the people must be heard. That was the case of Rivers State  during the Rivers Rerun Elections ".

Lamido  regretted that everyday, Nigerians  are being divided by the APC  Federal Government, which has no respect for the principles of democracy.

The Forum of Former Ministers urged  PDP Governors to provide a canopy  for the revival of the PDP.

He said: "Nigerians  are looking on to the PDP for salvation and emancipation  from the APC.  Our governors must stand together to be our rallying  point".


In his response, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike declared that for the Rivers people, they have resolved to remain with the PDP

He said: "We will continue  to  stand firm and defend democracy. For us, we have  made  up our mind.  Our family  is PDP.

"We  are prepared  to  pay the price.  We are determined  to  work  for the  PDP  at all times ".

The governor said  that the crisis in the party will soon be resolved  in the interest of the country.

He explained  that the state has had her rerun elections, learnt  the required  leasons, which would guide it in the future.

Governor Wike said: "Don't  have  sleepless nights. The PDP  will remain  strong in Rivers State.  We will continue  the struggle  against anti-people  forces and we shall  continue to win".