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Rivers state governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has restated that if elections are conducted ten times in the state, candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will still emerge victorious because of the commitment of the party to the wellbeing of the people.
He further declared that the people are waiting  for the total deployment of card readers, saying that the defeated APC in Rivers state will not win any unit because the APC  and party sponsors have since betrayed the people.
Addressing a cross section of Rivers people at the state’s  New Year Banquet in Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday night, Governor Wike said: “If elections are conducted  ten times in Rivers State,  PDP  will win. We are waiting  for  the  card reader, but let me see which unit they (APC) will win”.
Governor  Wike charged the people of Rivers state to always respect the judiciary irrespective  of  judgments, noting that the stability of the country depends on the  judiciary.
According  to him, his administration  has respected the full separation  of  powers,  which has led to the independence of the Judiciary  and the Legislative  arms of government.
He expressed happiness that he lived up to his promise to revive the Judiciary  after immediate  past governor Amaechi  closed the courts for two years, pointing  out  that  Amaechi  was the first person  to  take advantage  of  the  revived Judiciary  by rushing to court over the Judicial Commission of Inquiry.
The governor  added that never again  will the State House of Assembly be subjected to sitting in Government House under the guidance  of  the  governor as was the case before he took over.
He said: “You don’t need to  control any arm of government.  What  you need is mutual  cooperation  to develop  the state”.

Wike outlined the achievements  of  his administration  in terms of road infrastructure,  schools development,  empowerment  programmes and health and  agricultural schemes, saying that 2016 would witness more development projects in all sectors  in line with the New Rivers vision.
He said that his administration was able to make landmark  achievements  in seven months because  of  the  support and prayers of a vast majority  of  Rivers people.  He declared  that he will never be distracted, noting  that  his commitment  to serve Rivers State  is total irrespective  of  any outcome.
The Rivers state governor said his administration took bank loans  to finance projects, not for politicking as falsely reported in the media.
“If I take a loan, I would use it to the benefit of the Rivers people. I will not use it to play politics.“   Governor Wike said.
Governor Wike said his administration is interested in  completing abandoned infrastructural projects, provided they impact positively on lives of the people.
He explained that though his administration had paid N 1 .5 b for the foreign  scholarships, it could not continue to fund it because the previous government of Rotimi Amaechi had incurred a debt of N3.5 b for 2013–2014 and the 2014 -2015 sessions. He stated that the  decision  was taken  in the overall interest of the state in view of dwindling finances.
Earlier on, the State Head of Service,  Mr Rufus Godwins stated that the people of  the state are solidly in support of Governor Wike because  of  his commitment  to development  of  Rivers state and his superlative achievements.
Former Minister of Sports, Dr Tammy Danagogo said that Governor  Wike has lived up to the expectations  of  the people through focused programmes and  projects.
The New Year  Banquet, the first under Governor  Wike’s administration attracted former governors, state and Federal  Legislators, National and State  party officials and critical  stakeholders of Rivers State.