Governor Nyesom Wike and Senator Magnus Abe | Source: RSG
Politics and Governance

Wike says he wants Rivers State Politicians to put the Interest of the State First

Eze Wodu

February 11, 2018 03:26 am

The Rivers State Governor has been on some seemingly soft ‘bromance’ with the senator representing Rivers South-East Senatorial District. Governor Wike who is a national leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Senator Magnus Abe, elected under the All Progressive Congress, have been found in cheerful company of each other on more than a couple of occasions. The two most recent being at a book launch in January, and last Saturday, at the senator’s election thanksgiving ceremony at the Port Harcourt Polo Club in GRA.

During the thanksgiving ceremony, the Rivers State Governor gave an address to the crowd in attendance. In his speech, he asked that Rivers politicians should always put the interest of the state at the core of their actions and decisions. The governor stated that there was a time for politics and a time for governance, and that in governance, politicians, irrespective of party affiliations, should gear their efforts towards making the state “the number one state in the country."

The governor has recently criticized the All Progressive Congress of taking decisions without regard of its implication to the people. After the El-Rufai led APC committee on Restructuring submitted its report, Governor Wike criticized the party for proposing ‘intermittent adjustments’ to score political points towards the 2019 Elections. He said the report did not consider the actual desire of Nigeria’s Southern people, which is control of their own resources.

After the Imo State Government took the decision to pardon some gang members who are wanted in Rivers State, Wike said the decision was reached without due consideration to the “implications of the action to the security of the region.”

Senator Magnus Abe in his remarks at the thanksgiving, echoed the governor’s ‘state first’ plea. He said it was time for politicians in the state to work together to the interest of the state and ensure that the people benefit from politics in Rivers State.

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