Sekibo Hails New Defenders Of Democracy
The Senator-elect for Rivers East Senatorial District, Senator George Thompson Sekibo of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had lauded the electorate for their resilience in the face of unwarranted intimidations from security agencies during the election, describing them as new defenders of democracy.
Senator who spoke exclusively to The Vortex correspondent expressed sadness at the death of several persons during the elections.
According to him, some persons out of sheer desperations used the military to maim and kill innocent voters in order to satisfy the inordinate desire of an individual to truncate the will of the people, adding that the electorates have worked to remove the influence and participation of the military in elections.
The Senator expressed dismay at the role of the military in the elections, stressing that it was the first time, he had witnessed such degrading act of soldiers openly and brazenly snatching election materials and manipulate elections.
He describe the action of the military personnel during the elections are destructive to the integrity of the Armed Forces, adding that it was shocking to see men in uniform taking directions from civilians.
He advocated the complete withdrawal of the military in the electoral process in the country emphasizing that there are enough police personnel to use in elections.
Senator Sekibo said he will use his wealth of experience over the years as a ranking senator to work for the interest of the people of Rivers East Senatorial District, noting that he will strive to attract positive programmes and projects.
“I am not in the executive. But as a legislator I will liaise with other legislators and officers in the executive arm of government in the interest of my constituents”, he said.
Ogu/Bolo PDP Holds Victory Rally For Wike
People’s Democratic Party (PDP) faithful and well-wishers thronged Ogu, the headquarters of Ogu/Bolo Local Governments’ Area on Saturday to celebrate the victory of Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike’s second term in office.
The solidarity rally with sing songs round the community came after a thanksgiving service held at St. Martins Anglican Church, Ogu.
Addressing the mammoth crowd after the rally, the Senator-elect for Rivers East Senatorial District, Senator George Thompson Sekibo thanked the people for massively voting for Peoples Democratic Party during the Presidential, National Assembly, Governorship and House of Assembly elections.
He especially commended the women for protecting the votes from the military that attempted to snatch away the ballot boxes and the result sheets.
Senator Sekibo opined that they owe the good and gallant women of Ogu/Bolo LGA a lot as mothers and defenders of democracy and prayed that in due course, they would find time and accord each of them what is due them for the roles they played before, during and after the elections in the state.
He cautioned them to respect one another no matter their political affiliation and appealed to them to have more people into the PDP family as a date would be announced for proper celebration and thanked all for their turn-up.
In an interview with The Vortex correspondent, a former leader of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area who recently decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), High Chief Jonah Tamuno noted that it is worthwhile to thank God for what he had done for the PDP in the state and in the Local Government Area. He said as the people of the LGA are celebrating and thanking God for the victory, Governor Nyesom Wike will further give the people of the state good governance and dividends of democracy.
High Chief Tamuno said as the Governor had dedicated his victory to God Almighty, the people of Ogu/Bolo should remain steadfast in this administration and enjoined them to remain peaceful and law abiding so as to help the governor move the state to another level.