In what could be described as turning his back, disowning and dishonouring members of his Party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its bigwigs Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has invited his Lagos counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC , to inaugurate the newly completed Orochiri-Worukwo (Waterline Junction) flyover in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
Making this disclosure on Wednesday when he inspected some ongoing projects in Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas of the State, Wike said the next round of project inauguration would commence on August 8 and last for two weeks, adding that a former Sokoto Governor Aliyu Wamako, would also inaugurate the Ogbum-Nu-Abali Eastern Bypass road.
This is not, however, the first time Wike would be inviting politicians from the ruling APC to commission projects in the State. He had, before now, invited Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, and former Imo State Governor, Senator Rochas Okorocha, to commission projects. The invitation to Sanwo-Olu and Wamako is raising eyebrows because of the cold relationship between Wike and his party, the PDP, over the choice by Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as his running mate, instead of Wike who was favoured by the Committee set up by Atiku and the PDP to help shortlist possibles for the candidate.
Wike urged the people of the State to join the Government in thanking God Almighty for the accomplishments of his administration.
He said the capacity of his administration in inaugurating more projects while also embarking on new ones was unique.
“And I think you can’t hear anything happening in most of the States. But for us, we will end our services to the people on the 29th of May, 2023.
“Like I said no project will be left abandoned and that is why we have taken priority to make sure that the finances are there to back up these projects. If we don’t have the money, there is no need of awarding contracts.”
He said though the quantum of civil construction work undertaken by his administration might be cost intensive, the overall benefits remained a driving force.
Wike explained that the inspection became necessary to ascertain the impact the projects would have on the socioeconomic life of the residents within the areas.