Rivers State Governor-Elect, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, has promised to run an open-door policy in his government. Speaking shortly after receiving his certificate of return alongside his deputy, Ngozi Odu and 32 members-elect of the State House of Assembly from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, in Port Harcourt, Fubara said that everyone would be needed to come in and contribute his or her quota towards further development of the state and consolidatlon of the New Rivers Vision.

According to him, such cooperation and unity would ensure the continued progress of the state. Sir Siminalayi Fubara said: “Our doors are open, including our windows. If you don’t want to pass through the door, you can enter through the window because we really need everyone on board for a better and progressive Rivers State.”

He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that the glitches witnessed during the just concluded general elections does not reoccur in future. He thus called on the electoral umpire to train its ad hoc staff well to avoid some of the technical lapses and challenges seen at the last elections “Though we had little hitches here and there, I believe going forward, INEC should ensure that ad hoc staff, and their staff are given proper training early enough so that hitches experienced, especially during the presidential election, will not be experienced in future elections,” he said.

The Opobo-born former accountant-general and seasoned technocrat commended the people of Rivers state for their support that ensured his victory in the just concluded elections.

He also hailed Rivers electorates voting to sustain the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State with their votes in the March 18 elections. Fubara said: “The bar had been raised before us; we will also raise the bar for whoever is going to take over from us.”

Sir Siminalayi Fubara had won the Rivers State governorship election of March 18, 2023, with 302,614 votes. His closest rival in the polls, All Progressives Congress’ Tonye Cole, garnered 95,204 votes while Social Democratic Party’s Magnus Abe polled 46,981 votes to finish third in the keenly contested race.

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