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Wike To Council Chairman – Deliver Less Than 50% Votes And See Trouble

On Thursday, January 12, 2023, while flagging off a road project in Ahoada East local government area of the state, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike issued a warning to the Executive Chairman of the local government, Hope Ikiriko saying he should ensure he delivers at least 50% of the total votes of the LGA to the Peoples Democratic Party.

The Governor said the council chairman will “be in trouble” if he delivers anything less than 50%.

The Governor’s threat followed a request by the council boss to Wike to construct a road in ward 10 which infuriated the governor. Wike chastised the council chairman for making such requests despite getting no less than N300, 000,000 in allocation over the previous three months.

He said, “I know how much you people get. In the last few months, no local government got less than N300, 000,000 to N400, 000,000, not one. What’s the salary bill? Where did the money go to?”

“How many votes do you bring? Last election, 10,000 to 13,000 votes and you come here to tell me Ward 10 does not have roads.”

“Ahoada East registered nothing less than 90,000 voters, let me see anything less than half of those votes then you will come and give an account of your projects.”

“If I see anything less than 50% of the votes, you will be into trouble.”

“Return votes based on the number of projects.”

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