Internet users are angry with the Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over the disregarding of social by the party.
The party held the inauguration of its new executives on Wednesday, an event that was attended by Governor Nyesom Wike and other top PDP chieftains.
Other chieftains of the party who attended the ceremony include the party’s national chairman, Uche Secondus, the outgoing state chairman of the party, Felix Obuah, and a host of others.
The event led to an insinuation that Wike temporarily lifted the lockdown on two local government areas to allow his party to hold an inauguration.
But a group picture taken during the ceremony has angered internet users, especially Rivers residents.
This comes as Wike is still getting widespread criticism for the demolition of two hotels in Eleme on Sunday.
Less than 72 Hours after a hotel was demolished for violating lockdown restrictions, Rivers PDP holds an inauguration ceremony at Obi Wali Cultural Centre.
Governance in Rivers State is Task Force and Insha Allah. pic.twitter.com/H8YONicbAM
— Hydra (@BrianJDennis) May 13, 2020
Rivers State Breaks Lockdown as PDP Rivers State Chapter Inaugurates Exco today.
Same Rivers that had to demolish hotels, impound cars for flouting its lockdown and social distance rules!!
Pictorial evidence👇 pic.twitter.com/Mb4y0CeWKI
— Port Harcourt Media. (P) (@PH_Promoter) May 13, 2020
So @GovWike temporarily lifted his so called lockdown to enable PDP inaugurate the Rivers state PDP Excos. He also announced this evening that the lockdown waiver is till Sunday. This is because PDP is planning their Thanksgiving service on Sunday.
No social distancing observed. pic.twitter.com/tfVNHCKxZF
— I have Shoes™ (@abubakar47i) May 13, 2020
Rivers State PDP members observing social distancing at the party function held today at the Obi Wali international conference center.
— Buhari's Sister 🇳🇬 (@DaminaboEric) May 13, 2020
The RIVERS STATE PDP DID THEIR INAUGURATION YESTERDAY WITHOUT OBSERVING SOCIAL DISTANCING. THE SAME PARTY WHOSE LADER IN THE STATE DEMOLISHED TWO HOTELS. @NCDCgov @crossriverstate @OfficialPDPNig @OfficialAPCNg @YeleSowore pic.twitter.com/RxOqdzrCbe
— RevolutionaryGaladima (@GoldMfr) May 14, 2020
During the inauguration, the Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Mr. Ikuinyi Ibani administered the oath of office on the new executives led by Ambassador Desmond Akawor.
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike called on the new executives to work towards consolidating the gains of the immediate past Executive led by Bro Felix Obuah.
He commended immediate past Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah for leading to victory.
He said: “We had challenges at the beginning, but that Executive was committed to service. Obuah has shown the capacity to deliver. It will not be easy for the new executives, but the new executives must start to prepare the party for the challenges ahead. Work hard to surpass the records of the past executives. Working together is key, unity is key.”
Speaking further, Governor Wike said that the Rivers State Government will never condone criminality or any attempt to violate the law.
He said: “But for the steps that, the number of cases would have been more. What makes a leader is the ability to be firm. I value life more than property. Since 2015, we have not demolished any property. But, someone who was SSG superintended over the demolition of several properties. Now the person is talking about the draconian process. My joy is that majority of Rivers people love what we are doing.”
National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus congratulated the new Rivers State PDP Executive Committee, advising them to work for the growth of the party.
Secondus also roasted the Federal Government for refusing to assist State Governments and provide direction for the country.
“The Governors are working without help from the Federal Government. But for God, the situation would have been worse. Governors are running from pillar to post. We must be grateful to Governor Wike for the initiative that he took. What the Governor has done has helped to drastically reduce the number of cases. Rivers State is lucky to have Governor Wike at this time of crisis.”
He said those who spread negative propaganda do so out of hatred.
Desmond Akawor, the new state party chairman thanked the members for giving him the opportunity to serve.
Bro Felix Obuah said that the Executive Committee under his leadership led the party to victory since 2015.
He said that the outgone Executives will continue to work for the party to ensure future victory.