*Claims Tonye Cole, the Rivers APC candidate for governor, lacks character.
Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, was unable to win the presidential election, according to Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike, and this was a direct result of him disobeying the G-5 governors of the PDP.
The inevitable destiny that befell the PDP could have been avoided, according to Governor Wike, if the national leadership of the party had followed the numerous requests and pleadings to adopt the principle of equity, fairness, and justice as they approached the presidential election.
Speaking on Monday at Okomoko Community Field while inaugurating the Chokocho-Igbodo Road in Etche Local Government Area, Governor Wike said it is now settled that the presidency has returned to the south because the north is completing its 8 years at the presidency.
“Section 7:3c of our constitution states that public officials, both appointed and elected, will be rotated. You accepted the position of party leader. We approached you and told you that you had accepted the party’s nomination for president and that this was against the letter of our constitution.
“Give us back the chairmanship; you refused, insisting that you deserve to keep everything because you won. Nobody wants to think back on all those things from when we were shouting, so I added, “Be careful then.”
According to Governor Wike, he is inaugurating projects and meeting the needs of the community in Rivers while others are protesting the results of the presidential elections.
The governor claimed that during the elections, he never criticized either Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the APC or Peter Obi of the Labour Party.
Governor Wike claimed that in the sake of equity, fairness, and justice, he had instead unreservedly urged authentic Nigerian supporters to support a candidate from the south for president.
“That is what we have argued for, that the north has had it for 8 years, therefore the south should have it for 8 years. So, I am not here to persecute anybody.
“As far as I am concerned, anybody from the south is where I stand. That is what we agreed as an integrity group that we must make sure that the south emerges as the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Speaking further, the governor insisted that he is one of the apostles who stood firm that power must rotate and it was based on the conviction of equity, fairness, and justice.
He assured the residents of Etche that he had no issues with anyone who supported the Labour Party or the APC because Nigeria’s presidential election resulted in the election of a southerner as the country’s new leader.
Governor Wike attacked Tonye Cole, the APC candidate for governor of Rivers State, claiming he lacked the moral fiber to run the state’s affairs.
“Those who can’t stand up for what they say are bad in politics. You can go home and go to sleep after I say anything knowing that I said it.
“Look at Tonye Cole, the APC candidate. He congratulated Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on social media, but an hour later, he deleted the tweet. That dude, is he? Is that the person? I don’t comprehend. All of them in this State voted against a southern presidency, including their leader and several of them who claimed to be PDP members.
The governor said, “They voted for Atiku Abubakar. The same individuals then turned around and urged Tonye Cole’s support, claiming that Wike was the only one who did not back Obi.
“Are the people you see lacking in character the ones you want leading Rivers State? I can go anywhere because I have character. There are people you shouldn’t trust.
Governor Wike commented on the Chokocho-Igbodo road, claiming that it is one of the many promises he made to the Etche people that have been kept.
Governor Wike advised the people to vote for Sir Siminialayi Fubara, the PDP candidate for governor of the State for continuity, in order to continue the development from which they had benefited. The 3KM long portion of road will connect Etche to Imo State.
Governor Wike advised the people of the State to disregard distorted audio and video that some sick people were using to trick the general public into believing something they weren’t.
Dr. George-Kelly Alabo, the Rivers State Commissioner for Works, described the project and stated that the 27.12 KM road, which was granted in December 2021, was finished in the predetermined 12 months.
He described the road’s dimensions: 11.3 meters wide, 1.5 meters of shoulders, 8.3 meters of roadway, 22.01 kilometers of drains, 16 culverts, and 6 discharge stations that direct runoff water to specific locations.