Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, has been a countervailing force protecting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) according to Olusegun Mimiko, former governor of Ondo state.
Mimiko said this on Wednesday during the flag-off ceremony for the construction of the Azikiwe-Iloabuchi road in Port Harcourt, the Rivers capital.
He stated that Wike has done well for the PDP and that he hopes the party’s leadership will do all it takes to resolve challenges threatening its cohesion.
“Beyond the self-evident physical transformation, you (Wike) have stood as a bulwark against those sworn to emasculate the main opposition party, all in their bid to force a one-party state down the throats of Nigerians,” he said.
“You were at one point virtually a one-man countervailing force, defending and protecting our dear PDP. You have also, through bold legal challenges, deepened the national consciousness of the defects in the running of our defective federal system.
“I am sure you will remain committed to the struggle to entrench a true federal system that will engender real development across all ethnic nationalities and across all religious persuasions in this country.”
“Your excellency, our party, the PDP, a party for which you have laboured so much, seems saddled with the historical duty of forging this unity, a unity premised on truth, equity and justice, a unity upon which rescuing Nigeria from the far-from-satisfactory performance of the past seven years will be built,” he said.
“It is a mission that must be accomplished. A mission for which you are specially positioned and favoured to play a major role; a mission that must be subscribed to by all lovers of our country.
“You have doubtlessly done well for PDP and I can assure you that the preponderance of leadership and membership know your worth. I pray that the party will do all it has to do to meet the challenges threatening its cohesion and move on to pose a successful outing in the next election.”
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