Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has explained that he congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari after the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal confirmed his election because it is better to offer public congratulations than visit the President at night.
Nyesom Ezenwo Wike who spoke at the funeral service in honor of late Madam Blessing Awuse, mother of Onha Sergent Chidi Awuse, at the St Luke’s Anglican Church, Emohua, yesterday said unlike some governors of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who visit President Buhari at night, he made his declaration public because it came from the heart.
He said: “I am sure all of you are surprised that I congratulated Buhari. Is it not good for me to congratulate him than to go to his house in the night? So many PDP governors go to see him in his house in the night. I have never gone and I will not go. “We are the only state that the Federal Government refused to pay us our money used to execute federal projects because I don’t go to see him in the night and I won’t go.
He is not my friend, he is not doing well, but he won in court, should I say that the court did wrong? No. “President Buhari, congratulations and carry Nigerians along. Unify the country, the country is too divided. I am saying what is right’’
What I will do, I will do, what I will not do, I will not do. “Politics is a game of interest. And my only interest is Rivers State. Anything that is against the interest of Rivers State, I will not agree. These people sold us out, thinking that they are doing Wike. It is the state that you are offending, because I am just one person.”
Wike expressed displeasure that Rivers State had key links to President Buhari from the state, yet the East West Road, the seaports and other federal projects had been completely neglected since 2015. “We produce oil. They should not punish Rivers State because of me. I am just one individual. We have not benefited anything from the Federal Government.” The only thing we have benefited is the abuse they heap on me.
“They turned the NDDC into a cash cow to sponsor elections against us. Nobody protested that anomaly. Now they want us to protest because someone did not nominate the management of NDDC this time. “Since 2015, NDDC has not had its governing board, but nobody protested. I will not be dragged into such protests,” he said.
the governor Nyesom WIKE Maintained that Rivers state is a Christian State and that he did not demolish a Mosque as was falsely Circulated by some mischief makers.
He said on the passage of Late Madam Blessing Awuse, mother of sergeant Awuse, that she lived a fulfilled life and raised disciplined and trustworthy children as he commiserated with the family.