Tony John, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that no one man’s interest is bigger than the state and urged all leaders to work together to move the state forward.
Speaking during a solidarity visit by the former African Action Congress’ (AAC) deputy governorship candidate, Akpo Bomba Yeeh, at the Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday, governor Wike said history will be kind to Yeeh, for placing Rivers’ interest above personal consideration.
Wike received Yeeh, alongside People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) National Chairman, Uche Secondus, party Chairman, Felix Obuah, former state governor, Celestine Omehia, senator-elect, Barry Mpigi, and other leaders of the state.
Wike said: “History will be on your side. You’ve shown that the interest of the state is above personal consideration. God will not only protect you, He will reward you for this decision.
“Rivers State is the only state we have. Everyone must work together to move this state forward. It is important to take this state to greater heights. It is not everyone that can take this kind of decision. It requires maturity to take this kind of decision.”
The governor said all leaders of the state, irrespective of their political affiliations, must work in unity to develop the state.
“All of us must work together, in order to forge ahead. No one man’s interest is bigger than that of the state,” Wike said.
He welcomed the AAC’s former deputy governorship candidate into PDP, and noted that he would be part of the group to consolidate the development of the state.
“You are welcome to the party that will move the state forward. Those on the other side must understand that you cannot kill people, just to be in power. With this bold decision, our brothers on the other side know that the end has come,” he said.
Governor Wike thanked Yeeh for refusing to allow himself to be a tool for the destabilisation of the state.
On his part, Secondus described the defection as a welcome development, which would help the state move forward.
He said: “This is a welcome development. It is what a normal situation should to be. The people would see reason we must work together. This is an uncommon decision. You’ve taken a wise decision because you have the interest of the people at heart.”
Secondus called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to bring the Rivers election to a logical conclusion, so that the people can continue with their lives.
He called on the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, and other persons working with him, “to see why they should stop destabilising the state.”