Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has vow to reconcile with his former political ally, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation to join hands with him in unity for the development of the state. In a broadcast about the Supreme Court Judgment which strikes out appeals by Rivers State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), on Thursday, The governor disclosed that the state will benefit more if all the leaders join hands together in unity.
“Although, the present politics of acrimony and bitterness may have strayed from the noble path of the past, I still believe that we shall be better of standing and working together for our State and our people.
“I, therefore, appeal to the APC and the Minister of Transportation (Amaechi) to join hands with us to move our dear State forward.
“We cannot as leaders continue to remain divided and expect Government to deliver on its responsibilities to our people.
“Let us from henceforth seek the common ground instead of allowing our differences to be exploited to retard our march to progress.
“I appeal to our people to eschew all acts of acrimony, criminality, unrest, and violence throughout the State. I wish to recommit myself to continue to do all that is humanly possible to ensure the unity and peaceful co-existence of all our people irrespective of political affiliation.”
Wike further the State Attorney General and Commissioner to review all pending criminal cases linked to politics before the 2019 elections and make necessary recommendations to promote reconciliation.
Wike further ordered the State Attorney General and Commissioner that are political before the 2019 polls and make the needed recommendation in the interest of peace.
He said: “I hereby direct the Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to review all pending criminal proceedings filed against any person by the State and directly related to political activities prior to the 2019 general elections and make appropriate recommendations to me for necessary action to promote reconciliation among us”.
Governor Wike further pledged to run an inclusive Government aimed at promoting the developing the state.
“We have come along way in the last four years and accomplished a lot to be proud of.
“But there’s still a lot more to do to advance and realize the ultimate vision of our founding fathers for a truly united, secure, and prosperous State and we need the support of all our people to realize this bold vision.
“We salute the opposition for their courage to fight within the confines of the law to the end. Now that the legal battle is over, the task of building the State must take precedence over all other considerations.”
It will be recalled that before the election the governor has stated that the Minister of Transportation should be held responsible if any violence took place during the poll.
“This threat is deeply frightening and all well-meaning Nigerians and indeed members of the international community should take note of this threat from high quarters which the world heard directly or live on Channels Television, right before President Muhammadu Buhari and yet nobody reprimanded him.
“It is indeed more frightening that while the President has repeatedly assured Nigerians and the international community of free, fair and peaceful elections in 2019, an appointee of the President would brazenly threaten bloodshed in the presence of the President and other APC chieftains and yet nobody cautioned him.”