By Abraham Olatokunbo
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has turned down pleas by an APC emissary, Senator Orji Uzor-Kalu, to him to abandon the PDP for the former.
Speaking in Port Harcourt, Wike told newsmen that he invited Uzor-Kalu to Rivers as his personal friend to witness his government’s strides and not be dragged to a political party that was not open to partnership.
Praising the PDP as a political party that was committed to the welfare of the people, Wike disclosed that his grievances with the APC was the custom of making appointments based on political interest rather than competence.
He said: “I can only partner with a party that is open to partnership, there’s so much insecurity in Nigeria today and there have been a lot of killings so his party (APC) should solve the problem but the problem has remained unresolved.”
Speaking further, Wike added: “His party appoints commissioners of police based on patronage, a politician from my state pays a visit to the Inspector-General of Police and makes request for a New Commissioner; but the IG ends up making the appointment without considering the competence of such person to fight crime, he makes the appointment based on the choice of the ruling party.
“In that case the person is deployed but is unable to tackle crime and that is the major problem we are having today in the country. So how can I partner with such a Government that makes appointments on the interest of a politician? Senator Kalu remains my friend that is why I invited him to come and see what we are doing in Rivers state.”
Earlier, the senator had told the press after inspecting the Rumuokoro Flyover bridge, 2nd Artillery flyover bridge, Real Madrid football Academy and the Mother and Child Hospital, Rumuomasi in Port-Harcourt, commended Wike for his efforts and for investing in critical infrastructure.
The Senate Chief Whip told the Rivers Governor to join the APC in order to consolidate on the rewards of belonging to the party at the centre.
“I encourage and appeal to other Governors to emulate Governor Wike in terms of his infrastructural drive in the state, because this is what democracy is all about which is making the people happy by meeting up with their expectations. You see how visibly happy the people were when they sighted the Governor, I am impressed by the quality and quantity of infrastructures I have seen so far. The Governor has confirmed that there are about five flyovers in construction and three more have been approved for construction,” said Kalu.
Stressing on the need to partner with the APC; Senator Kalu appealed to Governor Wike to soft pedal on his continuous criticisms of the ruling party and its leadership.
He called on the Rivers Governor to, rather, work harmoniously with the Muhammadu Buhari/APC led Federal Government of Nigeria at all time.
In his words, “I urge the Governor to partner with the APC, I discussed with him all through the night to find a common ground with the APC, I believe that very soon it shall come to reality. I commend him for the tour; he is a man needed by us in the APC, it is my belief that a messiah can come from anywhere. So I urge Governor Wike to soft pedal on our party, humans can switch from one party to another which is human behavior in Africa. I appeal to him to partner with us so that the good people of Rivers can benefit more from the Federal Government of Nigeria.”
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