- Says Rivers Cannot Be Left To A Failed Godfather
Rivers State PDP Governorship Candidate, Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on tuesday formally presented Dr (Mrs) Ipalibo Gogo Banigo as the deputy governorship candidate of the party for the 2015 election.
The 62-year Medical Doctor is a former Health Commissioner, former Permanent Secretary, former Head of Civil Service and former Secretary to the Government of Rivers State.
Speaking during the public presentation of his running mate in Port Harcourt, Barrister Wike declared that the governorship of the state is not a personal property of a godfather to be bequeathed to ill-prepared godsons.
He said that the massive rot and under development of Rivers State have necessitated the assemblage of the Rivers State PDP Governorship ticket built on commitment to the service of Rivers people by doing things differently.
He said in order to realize the vision of a new Rivers State where men and women as inseparable partners in governance and development, Dr Banigo was nominated to offer her wealth of experience and expertise in the quest to restore Rivers State.
“Our choice is not a run-of-the mill material. She is a competent, tested and seasoned professional and bureaucrat with several years as a key holder of highly challenging public offices in Rivers State.
“As a deputy governor, she will join in the crusade for women and children’s right. She bring to the PDP ticket, a rich dossier of leadership skills necessary to achieve synergy”, he said.
He urged women in the state to seize the opportunity and vote massively for the PDP in the 2015 election to achieve the total revival of Rivers State.
In her acceptance speech, Dr Mrs Ipalibo Gogo Banigo described Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike as an outside the box thinker primed to lead Rivers State to greater heights.
She said her nomination is; “an honour to all women of Rivers State”, pointing out that the interest of Rivers State will be best served by her acceptance.
According to her:”The enormity of the task ahead is not lost on me. This is a responsibility I do not take lightly.
“This is a recognition of the great role women have played and will continue to play. I call on women to embrace this gesture and come out en-masse to vote PDP in 2015”.
The public presentation of Dr Mrs Banigo as Rivers PDP Deputy Governorship Candidate was attended by PDP Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Senate Committee Chairman on Defence, Senator George Sekibo, National Assembly Members, State Assembly members, former governorship aspirants, Party chieftains, women leaders and youth groups.