Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers has appealed to the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and the All Progressives Congress (APC), to join hands with him in moving the state forward.
The governor made the appeal in a state broadcast on Thursday, April 11, to mark the landmark Supreme Court judgement striking out an appeal by Rivers APC, Vanguard reports.
We gathers that Governor Wike, who promised to run an all-inclusive government, said the state stands to benefit more if all leaders are united.
He said: “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 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.”
The governor appealed to the minister and his party to form a common ground with the state government for the purpose of marching the state to progress.
Wike said: “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”.
“Today, I recommit myself to be the Governor for all the people of Rivers State for the next four years. Accordingly, we shall form an all-inclusive government to advance the collective interest of all our people, irrespective of party, ethnic or religious affiliations.
“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.”
We previously reported that the Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) praying that the court should set aside its earlier judgement that upheld the decision of the lower courts barring Rivers APC from fielding any candidate for the 2019 polls in the state.
The apex court, on Thursday, April 11, dismissed the application for lacking in merit.
The ruling was given by a seven-member panel of justices of the Supreme Court led by the acting chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad.