By Taiwo Adebowale
Congratulatory messages have started flowing the direction of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after he was declared as the winner of the 2019 governorship elections in the state.
The earliest of such messages came from the presidential candidate of his party and former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
In a statement he signed on Wednesday, April 3, a copy of which was made available to The Atlantic Post in Abuja, Atiku describe Wike’s reelection as hard earned after a fierce battle to overcome antidemocratic forces.
The full statement reads:
My hearty congratulations to Governor Nyesom Wike on your hard earned re-election. It gives me much pleasure to see a political force for good, such as yourself, overcome the anti-democratic forces of dictatorship and oppression.
The Peoples Democratic Party is blessed to have a political gladiator, such as yourself, on our side. The citizens of Rivers state are fortunate to have a genuine progressive return to extend the frontiers of progress and development for them.
And I am favoured to count you, Governor Wike, as my friend and brother, and Rivers state as my second home.
As your victory is savoured by men of goodwill all over Nigeria, I am sure you will continue the pattern of good works for which you have become known.
Nigeria needs men like you. Men who can remain firm, unbowed and resolute in the face of trying times. You have proved that you have character under trial, and not just when the going is good. Such refinement will stand you in good stead as, by the grace of God, you finish the good work you have started in Rivers state.
Congratulations once again and may God bless Rivers state and her people and may God bless Nigeria and Nigerians.
Waziri of Adamawa
3 April, 2019