That Wike’s Olive Branch To Amaechi, Others


Last Thursday, an atmosphere of peace suddenly permeated Rivers State when the incumbent Governor and winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election in the State, Chief Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, in a statewide broadcast, called on the Minister of Transportation and leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, to put an end to all forms of political contentions and join hands with him to develop the state.
Governor Wike’s extension of olive branch to the opposition politicians in the state came few hours after the Supreme Court had struck out three appeals filed by the All Progressives Congress, APC, Architect Tonye Patrick Cole and members of his faction of the party, against the judgement that excluded the APC from fielding candidates in the 2019 general elections in Rivers State.
Contrary to the expectation of political pundits, Governor Wike, in the broadcast to mark the landmark judgement of the apex court, declared that Rivers State stands to benefit more if all leaders are united. Said he: “Although the present politics of acrimony and bitterness may have strayed from the noble path of the past, I still believe that we shall be better of standing and working together for our State and our people.”
“I therefore appeal to the APC and the Minister of Transportation to join hands with us to move our dear State forward. We cannot as leaders continue to remain divided and expect Government to deliver on its responsibilities to our people. Let us from henceforth seek the common ground instead of allowing our differences to be exploited to retard our march to progress.
“I appeal to our people to eschew all acts of acrimony, criminality, unrest, and violence throughout the State. I wish to recommit myself to continue to do all that is humanly possible to ensure the unity and peaceful co-existence of all our people irrespective of political affiliation.”
To further demonstrate his commitment to foster unity, peace and progress of the state, Wike directed the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice to review all pending criminal proceedings filed against any person by the State and directly related to political activities prior to the 2019 general elections and make appropriate recommendations to him for necessary action to promote reconciliation,and pledged to form an all-inclusive government to advance the collective interest of all the people, irrespective of party, ethnic or religious affiliations.
The Tide salutes the resilience and visionary leadership of Governor Wike that has prompted the bold move to initiate the pathway to peace, security and speedy development of Rivers State. No doubt, Wike’s extension of hands of fellowship to his immediate predecessor, Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi confirms his penchant for peaceful coexistence and furtherance of a united indivisible Rivers State.
We agree no less with the Governor that with the legal battle over, the task of building the State must take precedence over all other group or individual considerations. Rivers State has accomplished a lot to be proud of under the leadership of Governor Wike. However, there is still a lot more to be done to advance and realise the ultimate dream of the founding fathers of the State.
We, therefore, call on the Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi and others in the opposition to sheathe the swords and take advantage of the uncommon demonstration of humility, love, affection and patriotism by Governor Wike and join hands with him to realise a truly united, secure and prosperous Rivers State in the next four years.
Indeed, the time is now for the various political gladiators in the State to take stock, have a deep introspection and embrace peace in the collective interest of the State. They should realise that their actions and inactions in an attempt to grab political authority within this period of electioneering, have ostensibly caused great setback to the state. Needless to stress that their continuous political bickering and deep-seated animosity have been an ill wind that has done the state no good.
We make haste to remind the leadership of the opposition in the State that as the people nurse their wounds from the harrowing experiences of the 2019 general elections,there is the need for them to ask themselves obvious questions that would enable them burrow beneath the unpleasant outcomes of the agonisingexperiences with the objective of learning lessons and guarding against reoccurrence.
On this note, we appeal to all stakeholders in the Rivers project to embrace the truce initiated by Governor Wike, particularly as he went the extra mile to direct the review of all pending criminal proceedings filed against any person by the State and directly related to political activities prior to the 2019 general elections and make appropriate recommendations to him for necessary action to promote reconciliation.
We see this singular act of the governor as clear evidence of his commitment to foster peace and development in the state. Therefore, the time is now for chiefs, elders, religious leaders and all other stakeholders to leverage on this rare window of opportunity to enthrone the much-needed peace and unity for accelerated overall development of Rivers State.