Why I Choose to Congratulate Buhari Openly – Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has revealed that some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors usually visit President Muhammadu Buhari at night, but he chose to act openly and not secretly.

The governor added that he congratulated Buhari after the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal confirmed his election, because “it is better to offer public congratulations than visit the President at night.”

According to him, “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 govenrors 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.

“President Buhari, congratulations and carry Nigerians along. Unify the country, the country is too divided. I am saying what is right. What I will do, I will do. What I will not do, I will not do.”

Wike spoke at the funeral service in honour of late Madam Blessing Awuse, mother of Onha Sergent Chidi Awuse, at St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Emohua.

The governor said politics is a game of interest, challenging Rivers people in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to attract federal benefits to the state.

“Politics is a game of interest. And my only interest is Rivers 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 said.

Wike expressed displeasure that Rivers State has key links to Buhari from the state, yet the East-West Road, the seaports and other federal projects have been completely neglected since 2015.

The governor said Rivers State is a major oil producing state that deserves major projects from the Federal Government.

“We produce oil. The Federal Government 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,” he said.

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