Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has warned that the state government would withdraw the recognition of traditional rulers of communities, where the number of voters fails to improve.
Wike directed monarchs across the state to mobilise their people for the forthcoming voter registration.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by Government-Recognized Ikwerre Traditional Rulers led by Eze Blessing Wagor at the Government House, Port Harcourt, the governor described the voter registration as vital to the promotion of democracy.
He said mobilisation for voter registration transcended party affiliation; hence traditional rulers must be involved.
Explaining that his directive has nothing to do with partisan politics, the governor explained that the mobilisation of the people for voter registration was necessary because it would be used for development purposes.
Wike said, “Go and mobilise your people for the voter registration exercise. Any community where the number of its registered voters fails to improve will have the recognition of its traditional ruler withdrawn.
“This has nothing to do with party politics. It is necessary because it will be used for development purposes.”
The governor charged the traditional rulers not to be involved in partisan politics as it would negatively affect them.
He directed local government councils to build meeting halls for traditional rulers in their respective areas.
In an address, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Ikwerre Government Recognised Traditional Rulers, Eze Blessing Wagor (Nye-Weli Isiokpo) lauded Wike for his outstanding achievements since assuming office.
He said the people were feeling the impact of government as a result of the development projects of the administration, which cut across the state.
Eze Wagor said, “From the performance of the governor, it is obvious that the people of Rivers State did not make a mistake by electing Governor Wike.”
The Chairman, Supreme Council of Ikwerre Traditional Rulers, described the governor as an eminent ambassador of the Ikwerre Ethnic Nationality, who had lived up to the expectation of the people.
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