From Tony John, Port Harcourt
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, declared that the performance of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has justified the support he received for his election in 2015.
This was as Wike assured the former president of the continued unwavering support of Rivers people, and added that Jonathan would never be abandoned.
Speaking during the commissioning of the Second Nkpogu Bridge as part of second year anniversary of the Wike administration, Jonathan said: “governor Wike has performed wonderfully well.
“I have no regrets that governor Wike is the governor of Rivers state. I am happy that the governor has opened up Rivers state through projects.
“Wike has shown so much commitment to infrastructural development. The whole of Rivers state is now a construction yard.”
The former president pointed out that the appreciation for Wike’s performance goes beyond party lines and recalled that Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, after visiting the state, also said the governor is delivering on projects.
Appreciating the people of Rivers Ssate for their support throughout his eight year involvement in national politics, Jonathan expressed happiness for the invitation to commission the important Second Nkpogu Bridge.
Governor Wike, in his address, said Nigerians, after the two years of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government, have seen the difference between good governance and false promises.
He said the decision for Jonathan to commission the bridge was a clear message to the nation that he would not be abandoned.
Said Wike: “We are not politicians that when anything is wrong, will sing different song. Rivers state is a different place. When we believe in you, we believe in you. We are different from other Niger Delta states. We can say it with all authority.
“We cannot come out in the public and begin to castigate our own. Those who do that should have a rethink.
“For us, it doesn’t matter the blackmail against Jonathan, we will continue to back him..
“Those, who think they have promises from those who think they own Nigeria, should be careful. They will use you and dump you at the appropriate time.”
Chairman of Monier Construction Company, Senator John Mbata, said the company constructed the two bridges, which linked Nkpogu to the business districts of the state capital.
Also, Commissioner for Works, Bathuel Harrison, said the bridge will reduce traffic challenge in the area.
Wike, after assuming office on May 29, 2015, constructed the first and second Nkpogu Bridges, to link different parts of the state capital, Port Harcourt.