Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike on Wednesday, July 27, said he attended the peace meeting convened by the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, because of his commitment to peace and development of the state, The Punch reports. On Tuesday, July 26, the IGP had organised a peace meeting between Wike and the former governor of Rivers state and current minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi in Abuja.
The peace meeting was brokered by the Police and the Department of State Services for the peaceful conduct of rerun elections in Rivers state. T
he Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced the postponement of the legislative rerun in the state earlier slated for Saturday, July 30, following the burning of its office in Khana local government area.
The Rivers state governor, told PDP supporters at the Rivers West Senatorial District rally in Degema LGA that his administration would implement the resolutions of the peace meeting.
He said: “I was at the peace meeting because we love peace and want the state to move forward. I signed an undertaking on your behalf that we are prepared for INEC credible, free and fair elections.
It is not in our position to have crisis because we are the ones losing”. Wike pledged that the state government would partner with security agencies to ensure that peaceful elections were held in the state, adding that anybody who wants the state to be set ablaze will be disappointed.
He also stressed his commitment that Rivers state should have representatives at the National Assembly was because the people of the state had been shut out on the deliberation of the Petroleum Industry Bill and other legislations.
The governor, however, called on PDP members to remain vigilant while expecting the rerun elections.