The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the just concluded election, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi have congratulated the governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike on his re-election.
Wike won the election with 886,264 votes, while Mr Biokpomabo Awara of the African Alliance Congress (AAC) who came second scored 173,859 votes
Atiku in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja described Wike’s victory as hard-earned re-election.
“It gives me much pleasure to see a political force for good, such as yourself, overcome the anti-democratic forces of dictatorship and oppression.
“The PDP is blessed to have a political gladiator, such as yourself on our side.
” I am favoured to count you, Gov. Wike, as my friend and brother, and Rivers as my second home.”
Atiku said that as Wike’s was savoured by men of goodwill all over Nigeria, he was sure that the governor would continue the pattern of good works for which he had become known for.
“Nigeria needs men like you. Men who can remain firm, unbowed and resolute in the face of trying times.
“You have proved that you have a character under trial, and not just when the going is good.
“Such refinement will stand you in good stead as, by the grace of God, you finish the good work you have started in Rivers.”
On his part, Obi, in a statement issued by his Media Office said that all lovers of democracy must salute the resilience of the people of Rivers who stood in defence of their votes.
He said that the people would not have been bigoted to Gov. Wike if he had not made an appreciable impact in their lives through the delivery of good governance.
He advised Wike to remain focused on the delivery of democracy dividends to his people and not get distracted by the needless bickering and provocation that greeted the election.
The former Anambra governor said that the people of Rivers didn’t need to go through the stress given the outstanding performance of their governor in the last four years. (NAN)