The government of Rivers state has ratified January 27 annually as a public holiday to mark the validation of the election of Nyesom Wike as the governor of the State.
Speaking to thousands of civil servants, who trooped the State Civil Service Secretariat in Port Harcourt to celebrate with him, Governor Wike revealed that the public holiday signifies God’s intervention in the affairs of Rivers State.
He said: “Every January 27 will be observed as a public holiday in this state because that is the day God came down to save Rivers State. What people must understand is that power comes from God. We know God speaks last and he has spoken”.
The Governor, on Tuesday, also cautioned those planning to rig the rerun elections in Rivers state, adding that they will be treated as armed robbers by the people.
He said: “Anyone who plans to rig an election is an armed robber and should be treated as such.
If you are coming to rig an election in the state, first prepare your will before embarking on the journey. Inform your wife or husband and go ahead to say your last prayer.
“When they used the security forces in Bayelsa State, it didn’t work. It will also not work here in Rivers State. Rivers State is a peaceful state and our people are peace loving. We want to remain so”.
Bear in mind, the Supreme Court delivered her judgment upholding Governor Wike’s election on January 27, 2016.
The Governor also announced that Friday February 5, will be observed as a public holiday to enable all Rivers people prepare for the rerun elections.