Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has again asked for peace from his political adversaries in the state, saying everyone should come together to work for the interest of the state.
Wike who was speaking while receiving his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on Tuesday in Port Harcourt, said he won’t contest for the seat again, even if the constitution permits for a third term in office because already tired of being governor.
He said, “Nobody can be more than the state. So, for me, I want total peace in Rivers state. All of us should come back, wherever you are, whether in the federal or local government, come and work for the interest of the state.
“I’ll not be governor forever. I only have four more years. After the four years, I’ve gone. The constitution does not allow for third term. Even if it does, bye bye, I’m tired. I’ll not.
“I used to tell my wife every day whenever I wake up, I say thank God, you never can tell the next day, what will happen. And any day I have opportunity like this, I’ll speak my mind. I am not afraid, nobody has monopoly to take my life. I will die the day God says I will die.
“Elections have come and gone. We have no other state other than Rivers state. I owe this state a lot, if I die today, I’ll not be buried in Lagos neither will I be buried in Abuja. My house is in Rivers. I am [sic] unrepentable Rivers man. I stood on the altar of God and I said bygone is bygone. Some people do not believe it, I want to assure them I’m not like them. I cannot stand on the altar of God and make a statement and go back.
“Let us forget about whoever is angry or not. Forgive me if I have stepped on your toes and I have forgiven everyone who stepped on my toes. Let’s work for Rivers state. Anybody who knows me knows that when I say something, I’ll do it.
“We have done the little we can in the last four years and we will not wait, we will not relent, we will continue to work. There is no time for enjoyment. If there are any more awards to win in this country, I will collect all for this state.”
This is the second time in a week that the Rivers State governor is asking for peace in the state.
He had on Friday in a state broadcast asked the All Progressives Congress, APC in the state to sheath their swords, after the Supreme Court struck out the party’s appeal to its disqualification from the governorship election in the state.
“I appeal to the APC and the Minister of Transportation to join hands with us to move our dear state forward.
“We cannot as leaders continue to remain divided and expect government to deliver on its responsibilities to our people. Let us from henceforth seek the common ground instead of allowing our differences to be exploited to retard our march to progress,” he said.