Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, has stated that the stability of Nigeria depends on the judicial arm of government.
Addressing a cross-section of people at the state’s New Year banquet held at the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Friday night, Wike urged them to always respect the judiciary, irrespective of the judgment, which sacked him, state and federal lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from office.
He further declared that the people are waiting for the total deployment of card readers, saying that, the defeated All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State will not win any unit because the party and its sponsors have since betrayed the people.
“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”, Wike boasted.
The governor pointed out that his administration has been respecting the full separation of powers, which he said had led to the independence of the judiciary and the legislative arms of government.
While expressing happiness of living up to his promise to revive the judiciary, the governor said: “You do not need to control any arm of government. What you need is mutual cooperation to develop the state”.
Listing the achievements of his administration in the last seven months, including roads, school development, empowerment programmes, health and agricultural schemes, the governor further assured that the New Year would witness more development projects in all sectors, in line with his vision for the state.
Vowing never to be distracted by criticisms, Wike explained that the loans his administration secured from some banks were to finance projects that would impact positively on the lives of the people, saying “If I take a loan, I will use it to the benefit of Rivers people; I will not use it to play politics”.