From Willie Etim and Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has upgraded two additional stools in Ekpeye Land to first class status.
The Ekpeye Ethnic Nationality in turn endorsed the governor for a second term, citing his outstanding performance in office.
The stools upgraded are the Eze Igbu Ubie and Eze Igbu Akoh.
During a solidarity visit to the governor at the Government House Port Harcourt on Wednesday, the President-General of Uzugbani Ekpeye, Prof. Dulu Appah, said that the people were committed to Wike’s re-election.
Appah said: “The Ekpeye Ethnic Nationality overwhelmingly calls on Governor Wike to contest for a second term. We shall deliver our votes 100 per cent to the governor and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“We shall deliver our votes to you and the PDP. We are committed to the PDP in both local and national elections “, he added.
Appah said that the Ekpeye people took the decision to support Wike for another term because of the key projects and appointments he had made from the area.
He said: “This is the first time in the history of our state that projects and appointments are evenly distributed to local governments and ethnic nationalities. With the rapid development of both urban and rural areas, the one city status often associated with Rivers State will soon be a thing of the past.”
Similarly, Eze Ekpeye Logbo, Eze Robinson O. Robinson praised Wike for his developmental strides and assured him that the community would stand with him during next year’s governorship poll.
Also Eze Igbu Upata, Eze Felix Otuwarikpo, said that the Ekpeye bloc would prove its support for Governor Wike through massive mobilisation and defence of their votes in 2019.
He said that they would set up traditional and political platforms in Orashi region for the victory of Wike.
In his response, Wike assured them that he would complete all the ongoing projects in the area.
He announced that a campus of the Rivers State University would be sited in the area, adding that the chairman of the Rivers State University Governing Council and the Vice Chancellor had been directed to work out the modalities.
Wike said: “Every project we have started in Ekpeye Land will be completed. Ekpeye people should be united, so that they can attract more projects. ”
The governor said that his administration would grant more amnesty to repentant cultists in the area to promote peace and development in the area.
Wike said that his administration had been fair to the Ekpeye in terms of key appointments and projects.
He urged Ekpeye people to be involved in politics to facilitate the development of the community.