Rivers State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Tonye Cole, on Thursday, explained the reasons he didn’t visit the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, during his visit to the state to inaugurate projects.
Cole said negligence and Governor Nyesom Wike’s nonchalance, among others, made him to stay away from the events attended in the state by Tinubu.
Tinubu had on Wednesday visited the state on Wike’s invitation to inaugurate the Rumuokwuta/Rumuola flyover in Port Harcourt. On the occasion, the President-Elect described Wike as a man of integrity who abandoned his interest for the nation’s interest.
The APC governorship candidate, however, during an an interview with Arise Television on Thursday, adding that Wike should have informed the state chapter of APC if he really wanted them to be part of the programme.
He said, ”I will describe the visit from two sides. The first side of it is the President-elect.
“As a President-elect of Nigeria, he has the right to go anywhere. And the Rivers State Government invited him, and he has come, honoured that invitation, and has come to Rivers State as a President-elect; with that, we have no problem at all.
”Where the issue is is that the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, ought also to be the governor of all Rivers people.
“And one of the things that he should have done if he is inviting the President-elect, who is the President-elect of all Nigerians, would have been to call us as APC in Rivers State to inform us that he is inviting the President-elect and would want us to be part of that programme.
”We never got any invitation, I was never invited personally, I was not invited in my private capacity as a candidate of the party, neither was our party, APC, in the State invited to any of those things;
“I believe that is where the difference between the President-elect acting in his capacity as President-elect for all Nigerians and Governor Wike acting in his capacity as a governor of just a particular Rivers people. That is where our disagreement stands.”