Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Ghali Umar Na’abba, has described Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, as the type of leader needed for the rapid development of the country.
Na’abba endorsed Wike’s brand of politics, which he said is focused on the development of all communities, kindness to all politicians irrespective of their political affiliation and display of uncommon maturity in all political situations.
Ghali Umar Na’abba, spoke on Wednesday after he commissioned the Edeoha-Ikata-Ochigba Road in Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State.
He said with his political attitude and high level performance in office, Governor Wike will grow to be the President of Nigeria.
The Former Speaker of the House of Representatives said: “The message I have for Governor Wike is that this kind hearted politics, this statesmanship that you have demonstrated, please continue.
“Nigeria needs politicians like Governor Wike. With this kind of posture, one day, you will become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Should you declare for the Presidency one day, count on my support and that of those under me. What we need in this country is this kind of attitude; attitude of friendship”.
Na’abba commended the Rivers State Governor for playing inclusive politics that promotes development. He said it takes statesmanship for a governor to construct projects in the communities of his opponents.
He noted that the brand of politics being practiced by Governor Wike will introduce sanity into the political terrain.
Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Prince Chibodum Nwuche said Governor Wike is not just politician, but a statesman.
He said the Edeoha-Ikata-Ochigba Road was abandoned by Former Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, because of him (Nwuche).
The Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives noted that Governor Wike released funds for the construction of the road, despite the fact he (Nwuche) is a member of the APC.
He said: “I tell people that politics is about the people. People love Wike for his good works. They love him for the roads he has for Ahoada people . I urge Governor Wike to keep being the good person that he is”
Responding, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike stated that he constructed the Edeoha-Ikata-Ochigba Road in fulfilment of his promise to Prince Chibodum Nwuche.
Governor Wike said: “This road was abandoned because of Chibodum Nwuche and I gave him my word that we shall construct the road.
“We cannot allow our people to suffer simply because their leader belongs to another political party”.
He said that under his leadership there is no politics of victimisation because everyone is carried along in the spirit of New Rivers State.
“There is no politics of victimisation in Rivers State. The only political party we have in this state is Rivers State. All of us are working for Rivers State “, he said.
The governor urged all the people of the state to attract developmental projects, whenever they have the opportunity.
Rivers State Commissioner of Works, Dum Dekor, said the length of the road is 8.4kilometres. Member Representing Ahoada East Constituency 2, Mr Ehie Edison, stated that the people would support Governor Wike for a second term.