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Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, has broken his silence on the dissolution of the state executive council, saying “those loyal will come back”.
Although he did not go into details of his own concept of loyalty, Wike based his decision to sack his cabinet on the need to ensure better performance of the machinery of government and move the state forward.
Wike noted that the dissolution was carried out after “due consultation” with the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
He spoke at a thanksgiving service in honour of Evans Bipi, majority whip of the state house of assembly.
Bipi won the rerun election for Ogu/Bolu state constituency.
“The dissolution was done to enable the machinery of government to move the state forward; this is when you know those who are loyal and those who are not loyal,” he said.
“There is no crack in government; we are working together. The dissolution was done in consultation with the leadership of PDP in the state.”
“Those who are not loyal will be shown the way out, those who are loyal will come back. When you are going into another dispensation, you have to put things in order.”
He also assured the people that his administration would continue to deliver on its electoral promises to the people, commended Bipi for his unwavering loyalty at all times.
“When people never gave us hope, Evans Bipi was reliable; Bipi is a very loyal and committed person,” he said.
Wike lauded the people of Ogu/Bolo council for supporting Bipi all through the re-run election.
The governor urged contractors handling rehabilitation of schools in Ogu/Bolo council to ensure early completion.
In his remarks, Bipi reiterated the resolve of the people of Ogu/Bolo to support the Wike-led government.
Patience Jonathan, former first lady of Nigeria, former members of the Rivers executive council, religious leaders and caretaker committee chairmen graced the occasion.