I didn’t bring Okorocha to Rivers to fraternise with opposition – Wike


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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said that his decision to invite Senator Rochas Okorocha to commission a road project in the state has nothing to do with fraternising with the opposition.

Okorocha, who arrived Rivers State on Sunday, commissioned the Rumuche/Rumuakunde/Ohna Awuse Link Road in Emohua Local Government Area of the state on Monday.

Wike is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but Okorocha belongs to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said he brought Okorocha to commission the project because they had been friends since his days as council chairman.

“But let me tell you what you may not understand. I don’t believe that you must only have friends in your own party. You must have to build relationship across boards but that doesn’t not mean that you’ll sell your party.

“Senator Okorocha has been my friend since I was Deputy National President of ALGON down to when I became the President of ALGON.

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“He was a member of the PDP. He left us and said they are going to make Nigeria great. He is still there, I believe that in these two years that they have, they’ll make us to be that great. But as at today, we are not great,” Wike’s media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, disclosed in a statement.

Inaugurating the road project, Senator Rochas Okorocha, who represents Imo West Senatorial District at the Senate, said it was time for people of like-minds who desire the best for Nigeria to stop complaining but come together to join force to make the country great.

“In this dispensation, there are many bad people in APC, many bad people in PDP. I think the good people of APC and good people of PDP must come together for purpose of making Nigeria great. I could imagine where I join forces with Wike. Governor Wike, this is my hand of friendship. Let us bring all like minds, all great people of Nigeria. Rather than complaining, let us come together to make this country greater and greater as it should be.”

According to him, Nigerians must embrace each other no matter the political affiliation and break the barriers that make it difficult to work together as Nigerians for the good of the country.

“What brought me here today is not party. What brought me here today is love and friendship. I am not PDP, I am APC. But the time has come when we must break the jinx of party division and begin to embrace brotherhood and friendship and be able to state what is good and what is bad. A bad man is a bad man, even if he is PDP or APC.”


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