Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state on Monday laid down their swords and pledged support for the success of the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration.
Led by Andrew Uchendu, the senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, the APC members under the aegies of ‘Elected and Appointed Members of the APC’ told reporters at a press conference in Port Harcourt that the feud between both warring parties was over.
Uchendu expressed willingness of the opposition party to accept Wike’s call for peaceful co-existence of all political parties as it was in tandem with the Easter goodwill message of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.
“Wike’s live broadcast marked the end of hate speeches in this state. We want to believe that for the sake of peace in the state, that Wike was sincere in the state-wide message and based on that, the days of hate speeches are over for the APC in the state.
“We want to allow Governor Wike to discharge his constitutional responsibilities and primary roles of the government as provided in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to provide security for lives and property in the state.
”No other person takes that responsibility. We are saying that we will join in that boat but only one captain will be piloting the boat and that captain is Governor Wike. We will only help him to take the boat to the shore
“When two captains are in one boat, there will be no headway. His clarion call we hope is one that should signal the end of politicking and the beginning of governance. It is our considered opinion that Rivers people must now become the centre of all politics and governance.
“We cannot continue to toy with the lives of our people or take them for granted any longer. A key indicator of good governance is the return of peace and security in the state.
Also in attendance at the press conference was the State secretary of the APC, Charles Bekee and the party’s spokesman, Chris Fynbone among other chieftains of the party.