Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that he will not work towards imposing a governor on Rivers’ people at the expiration of his second term in 2023 .
Wike, who made this declaration on Saturday during a solidarity visit by the Orashi Region of Rivers State at the Government House in Port Harcourt , said power would never be extended as a gift to any group.
“ For the governorship position , if you have the capacity , come out and contest . Nobody zoned governorship to me, I struggled for it . I will not impose anybody on Rivers people as governor in 2023 .
“ I will not do it ; I don’ t even have that power, not to talk of giving it out. You cannot give what you don ’ t have . To be the governor of Rivers State , you must have the capacity to deliver ,” he said .
Wike warned against the politics of bitterness , which , he said , had denied several Rivers communities access to developmental projects .
He said , “ Don ’ t allow anyone to sow the seed of discord among you. Politics should not divide us . Politics of bitterness does not make sense. All of us must not be in one political party . But you must support yourselves to attract projects to your area.”
Earlier , former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chibodum Nwuche , thanked the state governor for siting key projects in Ekpeye land .
He described the governor as a beacon of hope , who played politics of inclusiveness .
In an address on behalf of the people of Orashi , Eze Egi of Ogbaland, Prof. Anele Nwokoma , congratulated the governor for his victory at the polls despite the political gang -up against him .