Edith CHUKU / Doris ANYANEBECHI
Following the approval by the National Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the National Rescue Movement, NRM, has constituted the caretaker committee of the party in Rivers State.
The inauguration which took place at the NRM state party secretariat, was in a bid to intensify her effort in the move to edge out the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.
Those approved include, Ibiyekaribo Peters as the caretaker chairman, Bright Aleruchi as the secretary. Others include, Elder Nkpara Nwidobie, Mrs. Juliet Ibinabo, Sir Ejike Frank, Chief Batholomew Okere and Captain Valentine Atiedoghu.
National Secretary of the party and political activist, High Chief Sobomabo Jackrich, encouraged the newly inaugurated caretaker committee to be steadfast, adding that the party is on a mission to bring fresh air and liberation to Rivers people.
Describing leadership as a privilege, Jackrich stressed that “NRM is on a mission to rescue the state from political and economic strangulation deliberately unleashed on the people by the PDP led government. NRM will bring fresh air and liberation to Rivers people.
“I remember the kind of charge they gave us when we were given this very wonderful privilege to lead. Very, very serious charge was given to us, to revive the lost glory of the land, to ensure that you do things that are exceptional, something that is very unique, that people will envy, admire, these are some of the charges that were given to us and I want to give it back to you now.
“It is not the size of a man that makes him a leader, not his chest that makes him strong but, it’s his hearth. The most peaceful man is the strongest. You are fortunate but you are not the best, but I want to tell you this, don’t make mistake and do like some governors who will cross their legs and be shaking the hand of the king, don’t make mistake because, respect is needed, learn how to consult, consultation is very, very necessary when building a strong and understanding leadership.
“Consult even those you don’t like, in order to sail through, consult. You have come to ensure that credible congress is done across the 23 LGA of Rivers State, that is the first charge, don’t spoil what has been handed over to you. Think way forward, bring up ideas, run with the vision and we will surely succeed.”
On his part, state secretary, NRM caretaker committee, Bright Aleruchi, who addressed the media on behalf of the committee called on the Rivers State government to rescind its decision on the outright ban placed on the activities of dispatch riders and delivering service providers in the state, saying the move will lead to multiple job losses and insecurity.
Aleruchi said “the National Rescue Movement, NRM, and our affiliate group, the Network for Defense of Democracy and Good Governance, NDDGG, wish to express our concern over the recent ban placed on all Motorcycle operations within Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
“While we acknowledge the veracity of the security concerns which had informed the governor’s decision, as well as the existing ban on commercial motorcycle operation in Port Harcourt and its environs, we however view it from a different standpoint; that the decision was made a bit in a hurry without considering the economic difficulty such an outright ban would cause to those affected directly and indirectly.”