Port Harcourt—Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, has said Governor Nyesom Wike has left lasting legacies in Rivers State by the infrastructural projects he has executed.
Governor Diri stated this on Wednesday when he inaugurated the 3.5km Mgbuoshimini-Nkpor road in Rumuolumeni, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
He said the Rivers state governor has simplified governance in the country, noting that the importance of roads cannot be over-emphasized as they impact the socio-economic life of the people.
The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted Governor Diri as saying Wike’s ways would be inimitable for his successor.
Diri said having grown up in Port Harcourt, he could attest to the transformation of the city under Wike, who he said has delivered on his promises to the people of the state.
He described Wike as a shining example of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and urged those seeking political office to be determined to work for the people and remain humble.
While stating that the people of Rivers and Bayelsa were one people with strong bonds, he expressed delight over the show of appreciation by people of the area, stressing that their gesture will inspire public office holders to do more.
He said: “It is with joy I accepted to come and inaugurate this project. Governor Wike has simplified governance in Nigeria.
“Most of us who lived in Port Harcourt before now will miss our way when we come in because the governor has worked hard.
“He has set a high bar in governance in Rivers State. Those who want to take over from him should think and pray for double of his anointing.
“Rivers and Bayelsa are the same. Nobody can break the bond. We must continue to be brothers and sisters.
“I like to appreciate the people for coming out to say thank you even though this is what the governor should do. In governance, the number one thing is humility. Don’t go with pride. God humbles the proud.
“I knew the state of this road. Why won’t the people come out en masse? I told the governor that he has left a legacy here and I wish you more successes.”
In his remarks, Governor Wike thanked his Bayelsa state counterpart for honouring the invitation of the state.
He commended Diri’s performance in office and said he is doing great by delivering projects to people of his state just halfway into his first term.
Wike further said the development was the hallmark of the PDP and called on people of the country to support the party at the federal level in 2023 to experience all-around development.
He noted that politics was no longer about making promises but fulfilling them, saying his administration has delivered on its promises to the people of the area and state at large.
The Rivers state helmsman stated that the road would be illuminated with street lights, stressing that the people of Mgbuoshimini and Nkpor have been very supportive of his administration and it is only proper for him to repay them with development.
He noted that the state had achieved much in infrastructure development and would soon shift focus to the social welfare of the people.
“You must hold elected officers accountable. Politics is no longer about making promises. I am happy that PDP made promises and it has fulfilled them.
“We are overwhelmed by the level of appreciation the people have shown. I am happy that PDP made a promise to the people and it has fulfilled it.
“I said yesterday we have done a lot of infrastructures. There is no local government that will say we have not done something for them. So we are now going into stomach infrastructure and social welfare.
“The way Governor Diri is working, when you go to Bayelsa you will never believe what a first-term governor is doing. This is your campaign for the second tenure and I urge you to continue.
“That is why I called you to also come and see what we are doing. It is only in PDP that governors are performing,” he stated.