Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has reacted to a statement in the media that said God will determine the next president of Nigeria, not G5 governors.
According to Governor Wike, he and his allies of the G5 group are never playing God as to determine who becomes the country’s next president in the 2023 general election.
The governor declared that those behind the statement should have known that even if God gives power, it should not be given to the wicked.
Governor Wike made these declarations while speaking at the flag-off of Ogbo-Ihugbodo Road in Ahoada East Local Government Area on Saturday, 31 December 2022.
“Don’t be treacherous in life because you want power. God will never give power to the wicked. Our hands are clean we have not done anything wrong.
“All we are saying is, do things in a way all of us will have sense of belonging, that all of us will believe that we are together.
“That is all we are saying. If saying so is wrong, then let it be to God. But we know that it is good as right takes, let left take also.”
The Rivers State governor explained that members of the G5 believe in the omnipotence of God and always align their various affairs to such, which is why they keep getting stronger by the day.
He pointed out that the person who said that it only God and not G5 governors who can decide who will be president seemed not to understand the background of members of the group.
“We are alive today, we are where we are because of God. Nobody can even breathe air if not God, not to talk of holding position. So, nobody can tell us that it is only God, we know that it is only God that gives power.
“But our prayer is that God, don’t allow those who will sell off Nigeria in the next one second to be in power. Our prayer is God, don’t allow anybody that you (people) will have an agreement with and in the next two minutes, the person will change.
“Our prayer is that almighty God will not allow those who will betray their brothers when they have agreed with their brothers to do something. God, may you never allow such people.”
The governor also noted that the person said that there will be division among the G5, an expectation that had long been frustrated since May/June 2022.
“It has never worked and it will never work in Jesus name. By sitting down to say that there will be division, I send back that prayer to you.
“I don’t want to discuss them. I have told people, allow the sleeping dog to lie. If you don’t allow sleeping dog to lie, you too will not sleep.”
Governor Wike also pointed to another person saying that they will handle members of the G5 when they have decided where to throw their support.
“These are the things that annoy us. Who is this person saying this? I heard them say that PDP is a responsible party I agree. But when they left PDP in 2014 against 2015.
“When they left and made PDP to lose our election. Today, we are struggling to take over power from APC. Who are those who made us to lose this power.”
Commenting on the project, Governor Wike the Ogbo-Ihugbodo road is one of the many projects his administration has continued to deliver to restore Ahoada Town and the surrounding communities to what it used to be when it was a divisional headquarters.
Governor Wike emphasised that it is already established that he is creating an unbeatable record as an administration in Nigeria that will continue to deliver democratic dividend until the last day of his tenure.
He insisted that the jealousy expressed by some detractors is because of the capacity he has continued to demonstrate in governance, combining delivery of projects and attending to issues of governance with none suffering.
The Rivers State governor threw a challenge to those who feel jealous to also show capacity and combine project flag-off, inauguration and governance simultaneously if they can.
Providing the project description, the Honourable Commissioner for Works, Rivers State, Dr. George-Kelly Dakorinima Alabo, said the Ogbo-Ihugbodo road is 6.1 kilometres long, with about 4.1 kilometres cutting through fresh vegetation.
The Works Commissioner George-Kelly stated that the road which is 7.3 metres wide, has 4 kilometres length of drains on both sides and should be delivered within five months.