(By Chris K.Amadi)-As a further demonstration of his love for the state, over and above parochial considerations, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, who was given Certificate of Return by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, today in Port Harcourt has offered forgiveness to political opponents, a move that is consistent with his commitment to running an inclusive administration, where no one will be left behind in his second term.
Speaking after the presentation, Governor Wike said he dedicated the Certificate of Return to the good people of Rivers State who overwhelmingly voted for him.
The Governor, who has been described severally as a leader given to Rivers people by God at the right time, to address the leadership and infrastructural challenges confronting the state, made the offer for reciprocal forgiveness to political opponents at several fora, including at a solidarity visit of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, Rivers State House of Assembly and in the house of God at the Salvation ministry, Port Harcourt.
Governor Wike, who is preparing for the take off of another term of four years has ceased every opportunity to declare that Rivers State belongs to all Rivers people, including those who live, do business and contribute to the development, that they should also be recognized, and encouraged to continue to contribute to the development of the state.
Our Reporter who has been following events since Governor Wike was declared winner of the last Governorship election in the state writes that, the Governor, conscious of the fact that he inherited a Rivers State that was divided along the now unpopular riverine and upland lines, with palpable mutual suspicion, threatening to distract leaderships from the pursuit of the common goal, has made tremendous progress in the last four years in changing the narratives.
Speaking on the sidelines of the reception after the presentation of Certificate of Return to Governor Wike and members f the Rivers State House of Assembly at the Polo Club on Tuesday, in Port Harcourt, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters and Strategy, Barr.Emeh Glory Emeh, commended Governor Wike for extending the olive branch to the leadership and members of the All Progressives Congress and other political parties – to forget the past and join hands with the present administration to advance the course of development in the state.
According to the former commissioner for transport and aviation, the governor, like a good sportsman, has declared that there is neither a winner nor vanquished in the election, but what matters is a united state under God.
“Wike has shown unprecedented love and commitment to foster both economic and political growth of our state and even his opponents undoubtedly appreciate this fact.
” The olive branch extended to those who lost the election is strange, particularly in the political system of the third world, where the winner takes all.
“ It is therefore gratifying, and as a matter of fact, a standard for other politicians to emulate the disposition of the Governor when he invited his opponents to join hands with him to form an all inclusive government.
” Permit me to borrow from a Chinese proverb which says: “Don’t judge a person until you encounter him or her”: and if you place this within the context of this conversation, you will agree with me that Governor Wike is largely misunderstood: and when you encounter him you will appreciate the fact that he considers Rivers State and her people first before taking any decision”, Barr. Emeh further explained, while urging Rivers people to continue to support the policies and programmes of the Governor as he prepares for the next four years.
Meanwhile, the reception today ceremony attracted unprecedented crowd of Rivers people, who displayed their love for government, and gratitude to God for securing and taking the state this far.