Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State in a state broadcast on Friday called on his predecessor, Ex-Governor Rotimi Amaechi, who is the current Minister of Transport, to join him in ending divisive politics in the oil rich state.
Amaechi is the leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, while Governor Wike is the leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
APC and PDP power struggle in the state has led to many deaths especially during elections.
The APC was disqualified by the Supreme Court from contesting the 2019 general election in the state, While Governor Wike was just recently re-elected for his second term.
His reconciliation statement came following the recent Supreme Court ruling on the APC lawsuit.
According to Wike, the Supreme Court ruling on the APC lawsuit, “the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidates in the 2019 National Assembly, Governorship and State House of Assembly elections is legally safe, secured and protected”.
“I appeal to the APC and the Minister of Transportation to join hands with us to move our dear state forward,” Wike said.
“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,” Governor Wike added.
Wike further promised to withdraw pending criminal cases against Amaechi and others to give room for reconciliation.
“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,” the governor said.
He also commended the APC for fighting to the end within the confine of the law.
“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.
“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.”