Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has warned that anyone undermining Rivers State’s political standing in the elections of 2023 will learn a costly lesson.
On Monday, Wike made the statement when the state’s Orochiri-Worukwo (Waterlines junction) flyover bridge was being put into service.
He claims that rather than voting for just anyone, the state’s citizens would support the candidate who will best serve their interests.
He continued by saying that the days of using the public’s votes as a “gift” without providing anything helpful to the populace were long gone.
Wike said: “If you say Rivers State does not matter, Rivers State will tell you that you don’t also matter at the appropriate time. If you don’t like us, we will not like you. If you like us, we will like you.
“Nobody will use our votes for nothing. Our votes will matter and Rivers State must benefit from anybody that we are going to support.
“Politics now is no longer just vote for somebody, it is about what you will do for the people of Rivers State.”
Governor Wike continued, bragging that because to his contacts in Abuja, no politician could impose anything on the people of Rivers.
He declared that those who plundered the state coffers would not be permitted to regain power in Rivers State.
He said: “My guest from Lagos State (Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu), let nobody tell you story that anybody will come here to win as governor of Rivers State. It will not happen.
“Those who looted the treasury of the State will not come here to be governor of Rivers State and I have challenged them.
“I am fully in charge. I am not that kind of governor people will go to Abuja and hold meetings against. I am fully in charge here.”
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, who commissioned the project, spoke at the event and congratulated Gov. Wike for his progress in the state’s development.
The governor of Rivers invited him to commission projects despite being a member of a different political party, and he said that other politicians should take a cue from Wike on how to work for the benefit of the people despite ideological or political differences.
He said: “I would like to specially commend my brother, Governor Wike, for his strong commitment to the delivery of physical infrastructure in Rivers State, a commitment that has been recognized by all and sundry, and which has earned him the appellation of ‘Mr. Projects’ within and outside Rivers State.”
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