Buhari is not my friend – Wike

The Rivers  State Governor, Nyesom Wike,  said that he congratulated the President after the tribunal confirmed his election because it was better to offer public congratulations than visiting the President at night.

Wike said that unlike some governors of the PDP, who visited  Buhari at night, he made his declaration public because it came from the heart.

He made his comments at the funeral service in honour of late Madam Blessing Awuse, mother of one of the leaders of the PDP in the state, Sergeant Awuse, at the St. Luke’s Anglican Church, Emohua.

He said, “I am sure all of you are surprised that I congratulated Buhari. Is it not good for me to congratulate him than to go to his house in the night? Many PDP governors go to see him in his house in the night. I have never gone and I will not go. I won’t go.

“We are the only state that the Federal Government refused to pay us our money used to execute federal projects because I don’t go to see him in the night and I won’t go. He is not my friend; he is not doing well, but he won in court. Should I say that the court did wrong? No.

“President Buhari, congratulations and carry Nigerians along. Unify the country, the country is too divided. I am saying what is right. What I will do, I will do, what I will not do, I will not do.”

The governor described politics as a game of interest, recounting that Rivers people in the All Progressives Congress were under obligation to attract federal benefits to the state.

“Politics is a game of interest. And my only interest is Rivers State. Anything that is against the interest of Rivers State, I will not agree. These people sold us out, thinking that they were against Governor Wike. It is the state that you are offending because I am just one person,” he added

Wike expressed displeasure that Rivers State had key links to  Buhari from the state, yet the East-West road, the seaports and other federal projects had been neglected since 2015.

He said nothing indicated that Rivers State had prominent APC members working with the President. The barrister turned governor maintained that Rivers State was a Christian state, adding that the fact of Rivers being a Christian state would not be changed by negative propaganda and falsehood targeted at his person.

He said contrary to the false claim by some mischief-makers, he never demolished a mosque.

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