Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has vowed not to impose a successor on Rivers People at the expiration of his tenure in 2023.
The governor who stated this while Speaking during a solidarity visit by indigenes of Orashi Region of the State at the State House in Port Harcourt the state capital on Saturday said those interested in the seat should be ready to fight for it, stating zoning will not play a part in the emergence of his successor.
“For the position of governorship, if you have the capacity, come out and contest. Nobody zoned Governorship to me, I struggled for it.
“I will not impose anybody on Rivers people as Governor in 2023. I will not do it. I don’t even have that power, not to talk of giving it out. You cannot give what you don’t have.
“To be Governor of Rivers State, you must have the capacity to deliver,” Wike said.
Speaking further, Gov.Wike warned against the politics of bitterness, which he said has denied several Rivers communities access to developmental projects.
He said: “Don’t allow anyone to sow seeds of discords among you. Politics should not divide us. Politics of bitterness does not make sense.
“All of us must not be in one political party but you must support yourselves to attract projects to your area.”
He urged the people of Orashi to remain steadfast in their march towards development. He advised them not to be intimidated as they seek development.
The Governor called on Orashi people to form a united front as they work for their people.
He said: “We must be able to work as a people. We will not abandon any projects awarded by the State Government. You must work as a team to achieve results.”
He called on communities to take steps to protect ongoing government Projects.
He regretted that some youths disrupted the execution of developmental projects in Ahoada East and Ahoada West Local Government Areas by engaging in the vandalisation of government facilities in the area and in kidnapping.
He particularly decried the invasion of Western Ahoada County Grammar School, the Zonal Hospital Ahoada and Government Secondary School, Okarki by the people of the Area.
Wike thanked the people of Orashi for their support, saying that their early support gave him the leverage to win his election.
Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Chibodum Nwuche who described Wike as a beacon of hope, who plays politics of inclusiveness, thanked the Rivers State Governor for citing key projects in Ekpeye land.