In the face of the presidential elections, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has endorsed the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Wike said Tinubu possesses the character and courage required for Nigeria.
Wike who hosted Tinubu at the Government House, Port Harcourt, shortly after the APC candidate’s campaign rally for Rivers Wednesday, February 15th, said he owes nobody apologies for making the declarative endorsement while wishing Tinubu luck in his presidential bid.
The Rivers governor, however, charged Tinubu not to encourage further funding on the APC guber candidate in Rivers, Tonye Cole, saying he has no chance against Siminaliayi Fubura, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who Wike projects to succeed him.
The governor acknowledged that Tinubu, the former Lagos governor had never changed political party and holds firm to what he believes in, just as he revealed that he copied some of his (Wike’s) governorship policies that have brought him praise, particularly quality welfare for judicial officers, from the policies of Tunubu when he was Lagos governor.
“I have no apology to anybody for saying nobody born of a woman can intimidate me. You have never changed parties one day. That tells of your character and courage and that is what we require in this country” the Rivers governor told Tinubu.”
“But let me advise you, don’t spend any more money on your governorship candidate here (Rivers)”, he added, stressing that he doesn’t stand a chance against the PDP candidate.
Wike castigated PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, for lacking character in switching political parties and not being a promise keeper in the agreement to let party chairmanship go to South when he won the party ticket.
On the worsening trouble with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) currency redesign, Wike said, “Governor of CBN is disrespecting the Supreme Court. Where has it happened in democracy?
“The Supreme Court says do not do this and everybody is folding hands, begging CBN to obey the Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court is not to be obeyed, what are you telling the people?”
Tinubu had told Wike that they were two political leaders of a kind in being fearless, consistent in character, law-abiding and not changing political platforms against the odds.
“You never advocated division or breakup of our country. All your advocacy is about sharing the cake we bake together. We are here to campaign on the philosophy you brought about when you said let power shift to the South.”
Apparently hammering Atiku for vacillating between PDP and APC, Tinubu told Wike, “I do not want to abuse anybody. I’m not here (Government House) to campaign. It is because of your character, your belief and faith that when we came to Port Harcourt to campaign, we said we must pay you a courtesy visit.”