LAGOS: THE All Progressives Congress argued all non-indigenes in the Rivers State will vote for the opposition party and reject the People’s Democratic party during next month’s general elections.
This followed the endorsement, earlier in the day, of APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, and the Rivers State APC gbernatorial candidate, Dr Dakuku Adol Peterside, by non-indigenes in the state.
According to APC, which controls the state, the 950 000 non-indigenes in Rivers State spoke through their various representatives during a rally organised by the Non-Indigenes Forum (NIPF) and attended. It is reported over 15 000 non-indigenes at the Sharks Football Stadium in Port Harcourt.
Ibiamu Davies Ikanya, the Rivers APC Chairman, described the event as “unprecedented in the annals of electioneering in the state.” “This large number of non-indigenes has never gathered to endorse a particular political party and candidates. With what I am seeing the 2015 general election is already lost by PDP and I expect Dr Peterside to set in motion the shape of his government and prepare for his swearing in ceremony come May 29, 2015 as with the support of these great Nigerians APC in Rivers State is unstoppable on its way to Brick House,” Ikanya said.
Speaking at the rally, Chuma Chinye, NIPF Leader and Rivers State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, declared, “No non-indigene in Rivers State will vote for PDP or any other political party as we are not ingrates considering all that Governor Chibuike Amaechi has done to improve our lot.” Peterside reassured the non-indigenes of the commitment of his administration once elected to continue the legacies of Governor Rotimi Amaechi, including empowering all people.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY