The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has affirmed that his relationship with the Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, has not in anyway diminished irrespective of their political difference.
The Sun reported that Wike said this in a private meeting with governors Samuel Ortom of Benue State and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa-Ibom State, at his private residence in Rumueprikom, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State on Saturday.
Udom, who is the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council, had paid Wike a private visit at his residence.
According to Wike, ideal politics should never be allowed to create unwarranted friction between brothers.
He stated, “Politics is not what will divide brothers and divide friends. Everybody knows my relationship with Udom, and we will continue to maintain that relationship. We may different political affiliation or thinking, that should not divide the brotherly love or create a gap among us.”
To corroborate this, Udom explained that his visit was not political, but a demonstration of brotherly love in the spirit of the yuletide season.
Udom said, “Actually, this is the season of love. Within this period if we don’t demonstrate that love, love not shown is love wasted. I think that is what we are trying to demonstrate, brotherly love, friendship. And then in the spirit of the season, we must visit one another.”
Similarly, the Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, explained that part of their discussion also centred on how they could best add value to governance in Nigeria.
He said, “We are going into 2023 and we shared among ourselves how can we best add value to our government, how can we best add value to our people? How can we do things that will help add value to our country Nigeria.
“And that if there are any issues in the past which we have done wrong, we looked at it and said, look, let’s forgive one another and move forward. They are private issues.”