Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said the outcome of the Edo governorship election would be recorded in history as a triumph of democracy.
He spoke yesterday when members of the Wike Solidarity Movement (WSM) from the 23 local government areas of the state paid him a solidarity visit at Government House, Port Harcourt, after an Edo election victory rally in the city.
The rally, which took off from the Kaduna Street junction of the Port Harcourt-Aba Expressway and terminated at the Government House gate, was also to celebrate Wike for the role he played in the victory of Governor Godwin Obaseki.
Chief of Staff to the Rivers State Governor, Chukwuemeka Woke, who received the WSM members on behalf of Wike, said the triumph of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Edo State election has also brought an end to political godfatherism in that state.
Wike said, “As Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party National Campaign Council for Edo election, I worked with my colleagues to discharge our duties effectively and efficiently.
“God crowned our efforts with good success and we are grateful for the solidarity we have received since we returned from Edo State. I am grateful to Rivers people for their prayers, support, and other levels of contribution.
“The outcome of election is not only a victory for the people of Edo State but also the South-south region and the entire country. More importantly, the victory should be celebrated as a defeat of godfatherism in the politics of Edo State.”
Wike urged members of WSM to obey all the health directives on COVID-19 to remain healthy and keep the state safe.
The Director-General of the WSM, Prince Sudor Nwiyor, said they embarked on the victory rally in acknowledgment of the outcome of the Edo election.
He stated that their confidence in Wike was not misplaced because he led the campaign to reclaim Edo State for the PDP.
Nwiyor noted that Edo people listened to Wike and adopted the Rivers model of defending their votes to secure their freedom.