Rivers made right choice by voting Tinubu | Wike defended Nigeria’s interest— El-Rufai


Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, says Rivers state “made
the right choice” by voting for Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress
(APC) during the presidential election.


Tinubu won Rivers, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state,
amid the face-off between Nyesom Wike, the governor, and the national
leadership of the PDP.


Siminialayi Fubara, candidate of the PDP, however, won the
governorship election in the state by a landslide. Fubara is believed to be the
anointed candidate of Wike.


On Thursday, el-Rufai was in Rivers to inaugurate some road
projects constructed by Wike.


Speaking at the event, the Kaduna governor thanked the
people of Rivers for “voting quality over political sentiments”. He also
commended Wike for providing the leadership which made Tinubu’s victory in the
state possible.


The Kaduna governor said Wike’s position that the presidency
should be zoned to the south after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure was in
the interest of Nigeria.


“On behalf of our presidential candidate and our party, I
want to thank you and the good people of Rivers state for making the right
choice in voting for Bola Tinubu. It is the first time since the Fourth
Republic started in 1999 that PDP was unable to get 25 percent of votes in
Rivers state,” he said.


“It shows the people of Rivers can differentiate and they
know when to vote for quality over political sentiments. We want to thank you
for providing that leadership, Governor Wike. This country belongs to all of us
and we have a duty to do all it takes to make Nigeria an egalitarian,
progressive and prosperous society.


“You (Wike) have done a lot in Rivers to give every Nigerian
living here a sense of belonging. We are grateful to you for that and I want to
assure you on behalf of the northern APC governors that stood up and insisted
that after eight years of President Muhammadu Buhari, power must shift to the
south was an act, not only of belief in one Nigeria, but also in our
enlightened self-interest.


“This country has the potential to lead the African
continent and indeed the black race. But that is only when Nigerian leaders
come together and do what is best for the majority of our people.


“This is what the northern APC governors stood for and this
is what we believe Governor Wike stands for.”


In his remark, Wike appreciated el-Rufai and other northern
APC governors who backed zoning of power to the south when it “mattered most”.


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