2023: “Don’t be angry; PDP will take over from your party” – Wike tells APC’s Ndume
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says Nigerians are earnestly waiting for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to take over power at the federal level in order to enshrine good governance.
According to a statement signed by media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, the governor made the assertion at the inauguration of the 11.53-kilometre Agbonchai-Oyigbo road, connecting Eleme and Oyigbo Local Government Areas.
The inauguration was performed by Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume on Wednesday.
Wike said Nigerians have increased their yearnings for good governance, improved economy and developmental projects that PDP has continued to provide in the states that it controls.
He stated that the hope of Nigeria depends on the PDP.
He declared that the PDP is working in Rivers State and in other states that are controlled by PDP.
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He urged Senator Ndume and the APC to respect the wishes of Nigerians who he said were determined to return the PDP to power in 2023 to provide them dividends of democracy.
“To our special Guest of Honour (Ndume), he should not be angry because we are taking over from them. When they came, we didn’t fight, they took over. Now, that Nigerians have decided to change them, let them also handover to us as quickly as possible without any fight.”
Wike said he was satisfied to have fulfilled the campaign promise he made to Eleme people that he would reconstruct the once deplorable Eleme-Afam road.
He explained that the completed road now serves as an alternative route to neighbouring states.
Former Senate Majority Leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, said he felt truly humbled to perform the task and be part of what Wike was doing in his state.
Ndume described governor Wike as a true nationalist who is an important voice in national affairs across parties, and always stands out as one who speaks the truth to power courageously.
“Governor Wike is my very good friend, a trusted leader, a very honest person. One thing we have in common is that, as a leader, you must stand out and speak the truth even if you’re alone and Wike is known for that.
“There is new hope for the state and he is Wike. Now, Rivers is not only becoming a Garden City again but it is becoming a Golden City. May God continue to give you (Wike) the strength.
“And from today, know that you’re a leader in this country. If you’re not a friend and a nationalist, I will not be here. Fayemi will not be here and many other APC Governors.
“You’re one of the true Nigerians that I ever know. And if we have people like you that speaks the truth to power, Nigeria would have been better off for all of us.”
Speaking further, Ndume commended Wike for his feat in the fight against insecurity in Rivers State that has given the people the liberty to come out to participate in such event without fear.
“You don’t know what you have until you lose it. What you’re doing here, we will never try it in Borno State. You can’t invite people like this and everybody, comfortably, listening to somebody speaking without looking around. So, we have to thank God.
“Honestly, let me say here that Nigeria is lucky to have not only Rivers State but Rivers people. South-South, particularly Rivers people are the great people of Nigeria. What you’re giving to this country; if Rivers is not there, Nigeria will not be there.”