The outgoing governor of Rivers State, Nysom Wike had ordered the shutting down of businesses in some parts of the State in honour of Nigeria’s president-elect, Bola Tinubu, ahead of his inauguration on May 29z 2023.
He said, “All shops and business premises along Rumuola to Rumuokwuta roads in Obio/Akpor Local government Area of the State shall remain closed from 8.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 3rd May 2023” during Tinubu’s visit on Wednesday May 3rd 2023.
Accordingly, Wike also declared a public holiday in the dame day to enable the people of Rivers State to receive our President-elect rousingly during his live broadcast on Tuesday in Port Harcourt, the State Capital.
The President-elect who was declared winner in March 18th 2023 Presidential polls by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), is expected to inaugurate the Rumuola/Rumuokwuta Flyover and the ultra-modern Magistrates’ Court Complex, Port Harcourt, on Wednesday and Thursday during the visit.
“For us, it is an honour to the government and people of Rivers State to host the President-elect on this historic visit. Consequently, I urge all Rivers citizens to come out en mass to receive our President-elect, His Excellency Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and display the traditional Rivers hospitality as he commissions these legacy projects to God’s glory and the advancement of our development.
“Given this, I hereby declare Wednesday, 3rd May 2023, a public holiday to enable the people of Rivers State to receive our President-elect rousingly.
“Furthermore, all shops and business premises along Rumuola to Rumuokwuta roads in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the State shall remain closed from 8.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 3rd May 2023. I urge all labour unions and security agencies to comply with this closure order”, Wike who is the acclaimed leader of the G-5 Peoples Democratic party (PDP) Nigeria Governors that supported rotational presidency between North and South in Nigeria in the previous Presidential elections.
TheNewspad reports that the decision by the State government, has been widely criticised by some residents of the State and Nigerians in social media Community.