Following the Court’s ruling striking out the appeals by Rivers State All Progressive Congress, APC, the State governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to join hands with him to develop the state.
The Supreme Court dismissed APC’s suit seeking the nullification of the governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly elections held in Rivers State.
Wike, in a state broadcast Thursday stated that the state stands to benefit more if all leaders were united.
He said: “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 (Amaechi) 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.”
The governor pledged to run an inclusive Government aimed at promoting the developing the state.
He said: “We have come along way in the last four years and accomplished a lot to be proud of.
“But there’s still a lot more to do to advance and realize the ultimate vision of our founding fathers for a truly united, secure, and prosperous State and we need the support of all our people to realize this bold vision.
“We salute the opposition for their courage to fight within the confines of the law to the end. Now that the legal battle is over, the task of building the State must take precedence over all other considerations.”
Wike also directed the State Attorney General and Commissioner to review all pending criminal cases linked to politics before the 2019 elections and make necessary recommendations to promote reconciliation.
He said: “I hereby direct the Honourable 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 me for necessary action to promote reconciliation among us”.