Governor Nyesome Wike speaking to guests at the grand reception organised in his honour by the people of Kalabari ethnic nationality in Asari Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State on February 5, 2022 (Facebook)
Rivers State Governor – Nyesom Wike, has said that Nigeria will feel the Impact when the decision of the leaders of the southern part of the country, regarding the 2023 Elections, is made known to the public.
Governor Wike made the statement while addressing dignitaries at a reception organised by the Kalabari ethnic group to honour him. He was conferred with the title of Se Ibidokibo 1 of Kalabari, and he also insisted that the PDP presidential slot will not be reserved for selfish purposes.
“The day the South will speak, Nigeria will shake. We believe in the unity of this country, but nobody can threaten us. Nobody should threaten us. We believe in the unity of Nigeria and unity of Nigeria must continue.
“No amount of gang up can make PDP to give somebody who will want to run election for the interest of some big men, and not for all Nigerians.
“Anybody who wants to be a candidate of PDP must be a candidate for the interest of Nigerians,” he said.
The event which took place at Abalama School in Asari Toru Local Government Area also saw the Governor being conferred with a traditional title; Se-Ibidokubo of Kalabari land. The honour was pronounced by the Amayanabo of Abonnema – King Gbojo Desreal Bob-manuel.
Wike also criticised politicians working under President Buhari’s administration due to their failure to draw federal projects to the state level.
Touching on a replacement at the end of his governorship tenure, Wike said anyone was free to contest but must have the interest of the indigenes at heart, and must be a person of capacity. He further condemned the division amongst the Kalabari people, urging them to work together to foster a united community.
Before leaving center stage, the vocal governor highlighted a host of completed and ongoing projects under his administration which includes the Phase 1 of Trans-Kalabari Road Project which other administrations promised but failed to execute in the past 17 years, the rehabilitation and equipping of zonal and general hospitals, secondary schools, Abonnema Ring road, sandfilling in Obonoma, Abonnema, Bakana and Oboama, Abalama communities.
Former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt – Prof. Mimi Briggs also graced the occasion and thanked the Kalabari people for their immense contribution to the development of Rivers State.
He also made reference to the projects pertinent to their community, saying it was the right move for the Kalabari people to be rewarded.