The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has urged Nigerians to rally around and support the incoming president, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in the best interests of the country, claiming that he has the capacity to deliver.
The governor asserted that excellent government is what most Nigerians desire, and he expressed confidence in Tinubu’s ability to keep his election-related pledges to the country’s citizens.
These comments were made by Governor Wike on Tuesday evening at a special state banquet held in Tinubu’s honor at the Government House in Port Harcourt.
The governor of Rivers State said that during his conversation with the president-elect, he had advised him that it was time to focus on governance because his electoral struggles are now over.
“The battle you have now is governance. What Nigerians want is good governance. And if we want good governance, then we must rally round the President elect, because if he does not work, everybody will suffer. We will still continue to cry. What we need now is to say Mr. President elect, we want to support you to better the lives of Nigerians.” – Wike said
For the sake of the majority of Nigerians who desire decent governance, the governor admonished those with malign intentions who want the President-elect administration to fail to reconsider their position.
“It is not to begin to set trap on how Mr. President elect will fail. If he fails, you have failed. So, we owe it a duty to give him support, and that support should start from the leadership of National Assembly, give him that support.” – Wike noted.
The National Assembly has been particularly tasked by Governor Wike to work with the president-elect to design policies and programs that will promote development and economic success for Nigerians.
“All of you have come here, members of House of Representatives and Senators. Check yourself. Are you going to work for the interest of Nigeria? If you’re going to work for the interest of Nigeria, then give him support so that you’ll not have crisis from the beginning. Particularly, you people in the ruling party. I’m not in your party.” – he said.
The election victory of the incoming president on February 25th in the State was a glaring example of Rivers people’s commitment to promote unity, equity, fairness, and justice, according to the governor.
The G-5 governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot be accused of anti-party activities, according to Governor Wike, since they believe that the Nigerian who succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari must be from the southern part of the country.
“It is only those who don’t know what to do, who are confused. We have never been confused from day one. We didn’t do anti party, we supported the unity of Nigeria which is more important than any political party. Those who did anti-party are those who violated the provision of the constitution of their party. They did anti-party. We that said we must respect and obey the constitution of our party, we cannot be held for anti-party.” – he said.
The Rivers governor stressed that;
“All I need is to thank Rivers people, they saw how this country was going and they said they will join the entire people that said look, let things be done right.”
Governor Wike urged the opposition parties to create a mindset of defeatism following the general elections in Nigeria. He considers the quarreling that frequently occurs in Nigeria following each election to be alarming.
“It is only in Nigeria where see if opposition wins election, that election was done well. It is only in Nigeria I am seeing that. If as a governor, I contested for senate and I lose that election, they’ll say that election is free and fair. Why? because a governor lost. But if had won, they will say how can you tell us that, the governor has done something. We saw governors who lost election.” – Wike said.
Governor Wike praised the incoming president for keeping his pledge to visiting to Rivers State and formally inaugurating some of the legacy projects his administration had completed.