By Davies Iheamnachor
ETCHE—MONARCHS, chiefs and residents of several rural communities in Rivers State have told the All Progressive Congress, APC, governorship candidate in the state, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, that the overriding problems confronting rural dwellers in the state are insecurity and lack of basic amenities of life, including potable water and travellable roads.
The people, however, expressed satisfaction with Governor Rotimi Amaechi and promised to vote Dakuku to continue from where Amaechi would stop. Peterside, who had visited about 312 wards in the state in the last few weeks, canvassing for votes and wooing the people to vote for him with his Greater Together Campaign Organization, asked the people pointed questions in his bid to hear from the horse’s mouth.
On some of the challenges, he made promises of what he would do if elected governor and gave instant solution to others.
Anxiety in Kalaibima, Finima
At the riverine Kalaibima and Finima communities in Bonny local government area, the people told him that insecurity, lack of land space for residential homes and farming, potable w ater, among others were their bellyaches.
They asked him to put protective measures in place for them when he takes over from Governor Rotimi Amaechi because they are easily attacked by pirates at the moment. They also complained that they do not have good jetty to easily access their boats.
Uncertainty in Omuma, Abua, Etche
At Omuma and Abua communities in Omuma and Abua/Odua local government areas respectively, the people lamented that they were living at the mercy of hoodlums. They reechoed that there was high level of insecurity in the area, while the people of Etche, who could not hide their problem, complained that they lack good road networks. Similarly, some of the traditional rulers visited pleaded the candidate to help them gain recognition by elevating their stools if elected. The monarchs and their communities visited duly endorsed the candidate and gave him their blessing.
Why we support APC—Monarchs
The monarchs in their various speeches endorsed the APC standard bearer because of the performance of the incumbent governor, Chibuike Amaechi. The Etche Council of Chiefs at the palace of HRM, King Samuel Amaechi, Onye-Isi-Ala Igbo Etche Kingdom, said “We have vowed to vote for the APC all the way in the forthcoming elections because of the developmental efforts of Gov Chibuike Amaechi.
Affirming the position, King Amaechi assured the candidate that the Etche people would vote APC. He said Amaechi’s administration was beneficial to the people and they will pay back by giving their votes to APC in all the elections. In the same vein, HRH, John Berebon (Mene Bodo) of Gokana, HRH, Emere Bebe Okpabi of Ogale Eleme, HRM, Dr. Chinedu Igwe of Igburu and Eze Usomini, HRM, Dr. Allen, endorsed Dakuku, saying they had no doubt that he will consolidate and improve on Amaechi’s legacies.
Responding, Peterside promised to tackle the challenges enunciated by the people within his four years in office as governor and consolidate the efforts of Amaechi. Dakuku reassured the people that he would run an all-inclusive government, adding that he would give more facilities to boost the primary health care system in the state and deliver more dividends of democracy. He also pledged to bring pipe borne water to some of the zones with immediate need to avoid further outbreak of cholera. He also vowed to build roads and ensure the security of life and property