2023: Wike threatens to resign over rumpus about successor

2023: Wike threatens to resign over rumpus about successor


Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of River State has vowed to resign from office if anyone could come forward with proof that he promised to make him his successor.

This followed the accusation that was kicked up massive about the choice of his successor in May 2023, by politicians.

He gave the clarification during a state banquet held in Government House, Port Harcourt to celebrate the recent conferment of distinguished award on infrastructure delivery on him by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Wike said stated that it had become imperative for him to correct erroneous impression peddled in some quarters that he reneged on his promise to make them his successor.

“God gives power. There is never any day I have ever sat with anybody, I challenge whoever will say he sat with me and I made a promise to him that, look the way things are going, you will be the (next) governor. If anybody can come out and challenge me, I will resign as governor of Rivers State.”

Wike ,said “I never promised anyone the seat of governor of Rivers State, because if I did, my conscience won’t allow me to sleep. Anything I tell you I will do, I will do it, it doesn’t matter what it is”.

He remarked that a resounding defeat awaits the opposition in the State as the award bestowed on him by President Buhari led federal government has already sealed their fate.

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“If the ruling party (All Progressives Congress) can say you have done well, who is that person, let them come and campaign here. Bring your report card, I will bring the award and the certificate. President Buhari said, “you (Wike) have done well.”

Kelvin Ebiri, spokesman to the Governor said Wike, while assuring the opposition party in the State of defeat in the forthcoming election, thanked the legislature and judiciary for working in synergy with the executive for the interest and benefit of the State sincce 2015.

The governor commended all the service chiefs, the police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for their steadfastness in ensuring that Rivers State remains one of the safest states in the country adding that the if there was no peace in the state,the award of the best infrastructure delivery will made possible as contractors can now work.

Governor Wike disclosed he had authorised the Accountant General of State to pay a total of N60 billion to contractors working on various projects in the 23 Local Government Areas of the State to enable them complete all ongoing projects on time noting that at the end of his tenure ,his administration will have completed 12 flyover bridges as he does not intend to abandon any projects for the incoming administration.

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In his goodwill message, a former governor of Rivers State, Dr Peter Odili, said the award bestowed on governor Wike by President Buhari is the best honour that Rivers State has ever received since its creation.


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