Reactions are still trailing the visit of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State to Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State on Monday. The latest is coming from the former Adviser to Governor Nyesom Wike on Political Matters and Strategy, Barr. Emeh Glory Emeh.
Speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, the former commissioner of transport and aviation during the administration of Dr.Peter Odili, said the visit portrayed Governor Wike as a proactive and result – oriented politician.
He added that the visit has cemented the bond of fraternal co-existence, and broken down possible barriers of separatism between the two states.
“I listened to the statement of our dear Governor and the response from the brother Governor Diri of Bayelsa State, and my conclusion is that the the two brother governors are on the same page”, he noted.
Barr. Glory Emeh also said that the visit further confirmed the fact that there is no distinction in brotherhood between Bayelsa and Rivers State as both enjoy what can he described as the same ‘ublical cord’.
Reacting to Governor Wike’s earlier opinion on who, and how his successor would emerge, Chief Emeh said:
“I agree with the fact that Rivers State under Governor Nyesom Wike took advantage of former Governor Peter Odili’s approach to the hydra – headed reverine/upland dichotomy by spreading projects and good will to the nooks and crannies of the state without recourse to ethnic biases.
“It therefore naturally follows that Governor Wike has reduced the acrimony associated with where the governor of the state comes from.
“These initiatives re-enforces the generally accepted philosophy that ability to perform should be the precondition for voting any body into public office in Rivers state, and not primordial sentiment of where the person comes from.
“No doubt, Governor Wike has proved to be an eloquent testimonial, and verifiable example of the philosophy because his performance within the short but very impressive period going to eight years has shown that emphasis should be placed on maturity, responsibility and performance.
“I therefore believe, and agree that selection and succession of who takes over from Governor Wike will not be difficult to achieve by stakeholders because Wike has promoted a shared vision of inclusiveness among political and apolitical leaders in the state.
“This new line of thinking has also set the stage for all to look beyond sectional and other parochial interests, to work for the overriding interest and progress of the state.
“It has also provided a template for Governor Wike’s successor to operate, irrespective of which senatorial district or ethnic nationality he or she may come from”,Emeh further explained, adding that the next governor of the state will be in a good position to carry every body along.