By Egufe Yafugborhi
FORMER Cross Rivers state governor, Donald Duke says Governor Nyesom Wike has become a role model in Nigerian politics for his prudent use of resources for quality service delivery and boldness in speaking truth to power.
Duke was a guest on Monday to Wike in Port Harcourt, Rivers state where he commissioned the Okoro-Nu-Odo Flyover, among other milestone projects being completed by the Rivers State Government.
The former Cross Rivers governor congratulated Rivers people, “for being steadfast with your son. You gave him support and he has delivered. Leadership is not about winning election. Leadership is about taking people to a destination.
“You may not always agree with Governor Wike at the onset. Later on, you’ll understand the wisdom of his stance. But you are never in doubt where he stands on any issues and that’s leadership.
“Today, we are celebrating many things he has done; the development of a community, the prosperity that will be brought in, leaving the community better than he met it and of course, we are saying thank you that we have a leader which is very rare to find in our country, that is people who say what they mean and mean what they say.”
Wike on the occasion the opposition in the state, particularly All Progressives Congress (APC) tell Rivers people what they will do differently or had done already to convince the people to believe in them.
He said, “I thank everybody for your support. Our party is not a party of excuses. When we say something, we do it. Let other parties emulate us. They should not be promising Nigerians and be giving excuses.
“We have promised and we have fulfilled. When they (APC) make promise they should fulfil. PDP has done all its campaigns in this state. Let the other parties come to tell us what they will do differently or had done while in office. Time is already gone for them.”
On sceptics’ calculation that the flyover projects he started since 2019 would not be completed within 16 months projected deadline, he said with Rebisi and Okoro-Nu-Odo flyovers completed and commissioned, his administration has further demonstrated commitment to enhancing infrastructure in the State.
On the newly delivered flyover, he said, “To the paramount rulers of Rumuokoro Community and Rumuodumaya Community, tell your youths and CDCs, who are always collecting money here, I will not tolerate anybody who will covert this flyover as trading place.
“We cannot spend this money here and you turn this place into a market. I will not accept that. We have built market and motor park for you. Go and use them for your business activities.
“I have told the GOC of the 6 Division and the Garrison commander to tell all their men to stop what they’re doing on this road. They collect money and allow people to sell on the road.
“We won’t tolerate it again. Leave our road; this is not market, nobody should trade here. Allow people to enjoy the road.”