Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers state on Thursday, rained praises on his Kaduna state counterpart, Governor Nasir Elrufai for standing firm and insisting that the Presidency be zoned to the Southern region of the country.
Governor Wike equally praised the northern extraction of the APC governors whom he said history will remember kindly.
Wike said this at the commissioning of a Link Road project in PortHarcout, Rivers state.
Recall Wike and 4 other PDP governors, known as the G5 were at loggerheads with the party leadership over zoning of chairmanship position of the party to a southern aspirant, a demand that became an alternative to zoning the PDP’s presidential ticket to the south after much internal party peace moves.
The Rivers governor described Elrufai as one who always speaks his mind boldly for the interest of Nigeria.
He said, “I want to use this opportunity to thank you and members of your team, particularly some governors from the north in the All Progressive Congress, APC, on behalf of the people of Rivers State.”
“When it mattered most in this country, when Nigerians are talking about unity, how this country will be united and progressive, people like Elrufai came out and spoke boldly that for the unity of this country, the presidency having stayed in the North for the period of 8 years, should move to the south, you stood firm, you were not personal about it but all you were talking about is the interest and unity of Nigeria.”
“I can assure you that history will be on your side tomorrow when it will be discussed with those who talked about the unity of Nigeria.
You would have as well said, well, coming from one of the most populated zones in the country, This is my second term let me throw in and vie for the presidency but you said no let it move to the south.”
Wike noted that the people of Rivers equally voted for the president of the south, as the results clearly showed.
“I want to use this opportunity to thank you, on behalf of the people of Rivers State. We too here supported the president of the South. I don’t want to say who we voted for but the results show. I don’t know who took first, second or third. but it important that the people of the state-supported southern presidency.”
On his part, Governor Elrufai congratulated Rivers people for voting quality over sentiment.