This comes two weeks after Wike called on Amaechi, now Nigeria’s minister of transport, and other opposition leaders in the state to join hands with him to develop Rivers.
The governor made the remark after years of political bickering.
“Although the present politics of acrimony and bitterness may have strayed from the noble path of the past, I still believe that we shall be better if standing and working together for our state and our people,” Wike had said after the Supreme Court struck out three appeals filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC), its candidate in the 2019 governorship election, Tonye Cole, and members of Amaechi’s faction.
Concise News understands that Wike and Amaechi, the immediate past governor, are currently the main political gladiators in the state.
Led by Andrew Uchendu, at the Port Harcourt state office of Amaechi’s faction of Rivers APC, the group admitted that it believes Wike was sincere in his April 17 call on all Rivers people to embrace collaboration and peaceful coexistence, irrespective of political divide and interest.
“Although we are yet to see indications of any intent in this direction, we are resolved not to give up. We believe that Governor Wike is sincere in the peace initiative,” he said.
“And it is for this reason that we want to commend Wike’s call for collaboration and peaceful coexistence in the state.”
He explained that it was APC’s leadership opinion that Rivers people should now become the centre of all politics and governance.
Uchendu advised Wike to take urgent steps to address insecurity in the state.
“As it stands, life in Rivers State has become brutish and worthless with daily kidnapping and killings. Only last week, four youths were beheaded at Ovogo in Emohua Local Government Area,” he said.
“We can offer some more areas of immediate intervention such as revitalisation of the C4i Security architecture of the previous administration.”