By Godson Ikiebey-

Nyesom Wike, Rivers state governor, has explained why he congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari following his victory at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.

According to Governor Wike, it is better to offer public congratulations than visiting the president at night. 

The governor said this on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at an event in Emohua in reaction to the criticism that trailed the congratulatory message he sent to the President Buhari whose victory at the February 23, 2019 election was challenged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

He noted that unlike some governors of the opposition party who allegedly 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. I won’t 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”. 

He asked the President to carry Nigerians along in governance and ensure that the country is kept unified and not divided, irrespective of political or ethnic affiliation.

He stated that politics, for him, was a game of interest, stressing that Rivers people in the All Progressives Congress (APC) were under obligation to attract federal benefits to the state.  

“Anything that is against the interest of Rivers State, I will not agree. These people sold us out, thinking that they are doing Governor Wike. It is the state that you are offending because I am just one person”. 

He alleged that despite the key links Rivers has to the President, the East-West Road, the seaports, and other federal projects have been completely neglected since 2015.

The governor said nothing indicates that the state has prominent APC members working with the President.

He also noted that Rivers is a major oil-producing state that deserves major projects from the Federal Government.

“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”. 

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