(By Chris K. Amadi) – The raging political battle between former governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole, and the man he favoured to succeed him, Governor Godwin Obaseki; the fact that Nigeria’s Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator GodswillApkabio and the man he fought so hard to succeed him, Governor Edom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom, have parted ways politically, among others are probably enough lessons for the Rivers State Governor, Ezewno Nyesom Wike, to conclude that those who are made governors do not remain loyal to their political godfathers.
Governor Wike, for the umpteenth time, re-echoed this point when the people of Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State visited him at the Government House on Saturday, when he warned all those who are dreaming that he will make them governor in 2023 , that they have to work out their own salvation.
“Nobody dashes power. You have to break the hand holding the power to collect it. Everyone is equal in this State. You need other people to be Governor.
“All those hoping on me, I want to disappoint you. I am an experienced politician, I have seen it all. There is nobody that you will make a Governor that will remain loyal to you”, Wike stressed.
He therefore urged his political associates aspiring to become governor of Rivers state to seek the support of Rivers people, insisting that he has no plans to impose anybody as governor on Rivers people.
Governor Wike further said: “I am not going to impose anyone as next governor of Rivers State. Anyone who wants to be Governor of Rivers in 2023 should go and try”, even as he maintained that all ethnic nationalities of Rivers State have the right to vie for the governorship of Rivers State.
While further urging the people of Oyigbo not to be intimidated by any other ethnic group, the governor said that, “The next Governor of Rivers State will not emerge on the basis of ethnic Nationality. The next Governor will be someone who can carry everyone along.”
In his remarks at the visit, Eze Mike Nwaji, who spoke on behalf of the people of Oyigbo lauded Governor Wike for his projects in the area, and further pleaded for dualisation of the Oyigbo-Afam road and the building of a hospital in the area, demands which the governor graciously granted.
Meanwhile, Rivers people who spoke to Notable Outcome in Port Harcourt have praised Governor Wike for giving a sense of belonging to the people of Oyigbo and other minorities in the state. They mentioned the likes of Ambassador Desmond Akawor and Felix Nweke, as politicians from Oyigbo, who have distinguished themselves in their services to the state and the nation, and who are therefore eminently qualified to aspire for the office of governor of the state in 2023.