Sunday, December 20, 2015 1:27 pm
Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt
Nyesom Ezenwo Wike,the Governor of Rivers State has assured the people of the state not to fear the manipulations of those who have ganged up against him because he will emerge victorious at the end of his trials.
Addressing thousands of Christian faithful at the First Rivers State Christmas Carol in Port Harcourt on Saturday, Wike stated that since he started politics, he has never had any cheap victory , noting that the current challenge would not be different.
According to Governor Wike : “I was the only council chairman in the country whose political litigation got to the Supreme Court during the 1999 Electioneering process. I got my victory at the Supreme Court in April 2000.”
The governor said that as Christians, Rivers people should always look unto God for their salvation, pointing out that the machinations of men can never overcome the will of God.
He said: “When God is doing something; He wants you to know that He alone deserves the glory and praise.”
On the First Rivers State Christmas Carol, Governor Wike said the programme was organised to give God the glory for the successful take off of the administration and to pray for the consolidation of development gains already attained.
He explained that the initiation of the Carol programme is not the end of CARNIRIV, noting that the cultural programme will be held in future.
The governor noted that during his campaign consultation with the clergy, he made three promises. To appoint a Special Adviser on Religious Matters, to hold a major Christian programme and to build an Ecumenical Centre for all Christians in the state. Governor Wike said he has already accomplished two, while the Ecumenical Centre will be constructed.
Special Adviser on Religious Matters to the Governor, Bishop Winston Iwo stated that the programme was an inter-denominational Thanksgiving to God for ensuring that the state has weathered the storms despite the numerous challenges facing it.
A statement by Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor on Electronic Media noted that the praise and worship programme was graced by Rivers State 1000 mass choir, the famous Gospel musician, Chioma Jesus while the Adonye Omubo-Pepple conducted the choir.
The programme also attracted top government functionaries and prominent Rivers State indigenes led by Former Governor Celestine Omehia and PDP Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.