President-elect, Bola Tinubu praised Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State for his contributions to his victory in the highly contested presidential election on February 25, 2023.
Tinubu announced this on Wednesday when he inaugurated the Rumuokwuta/Rumuola Road flyover in Port Harcourt, the capital of the Rivers State.
Recall, it was earlier reported that the Governor of Rivers had declared Wednesday a public holiday for Tinubu’s visit.
However, Tinubu was present in the state at the request of the governor, who supported the transfer of power to the southern region of the country in the presidential election, even though they belonged to different parties.
“Sir, Governor Nyesom Wike, you are very trustworthy,” Tinubu, an All Progressive Congress (APC) broker, told Wike of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at the event, which was well-regarded by political leaders. column of APC tracking. Tinubu said he went through a “terrible campaign, fought hard and won”, saying he was unable to win against major rivals like PDP presidential candidates Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi’s Labor Party (LP) without the structural support of the likes of Wike.
“Nyesom, I say thank-you for your contribution to my victory. I couldn’t have done it without some structural support,” said the former Lagos State governor who would be sworn in as Nigeria’s President on May 29, 2023.
“In his Excellency, I see a man of principle. He (Wike) took a principled stand that the Presidency must return to the South and he has the courage to stand by his conviction not minding whose ox is gored.
“He is indeed a man of great integrity; he did not choose to serve his own interest, not about him. Rather, the interest of the nation. You promoted unity, you promoted fairness, you championed justice. Thank you.
“There were so much gossip and speculation but you stood your ground.”
Tinubu expressed delight to have established a relationship with the Rivers governor and congratulated Wike’s ally and Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, who was also at the function, for “partnership”.