The governor-elect of Rivers state, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said he will co-operate with the incoming Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
According to Wike, he will not fight Buhari because that was not why the people of Rivers state voted for him, This Day reports.
The governor-elect made this known on May 26, Tuesday, while speaking in Port Harcourt during a pre-inauguration lecture titled: ‘Democracy and good governance: Towards a New Rivers State’ as part of programmes for his inauguration as governor of the state.
Wike said the people gave him the mandate to work for the greater good of the state, so he will co-operate with the incoming federal government to attract benefits to the state.
“The people of the state did not overwhelmingly elect me to fight the administration, but to work for the greater good of our people. In cooperating with Buhari for development reasons, I will always bear in mind the fact that I am a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),” he said.
The governor-elect said Rivers state was stinking with unbridled corruption but he will tackle it.
Wike assured the people that he will work towards the development of the state, adding that his administration would be transparent, accountable and God-fearing and also be one that listens and cares for the needs of the people.
He stated that the courts which had been shut for about a year and the state House of Assembly complex also shut for close to two years will be re-opened.
Wike once again reiterated his resolve to probe the outgoing government led by Rotimi Amaechi.
Also speaking at the event, a former governor of the state, Dr.Peter Odili expressed optimism that Wike would perform well.
In attendance at the event was the pro-chancellor of the University of Uyo, Professor Kimse Okoko, who was the guest speaker. Others were former governors of the state, traditional rulers, the academia, captains of industry, youths and women's groups.
Recall that while receiving the interim report of the transition committee on May 25, Monday, Wike had said after being sworn in as the chief executive of the state he would carry out a forensic audit of all government accounts and probe the administration of Rotimi Amaechi. According to him, this measure would enable him to recover funds that might have allegedly been stolen by top officials of the outgoing administration.
Amaechi had, however, dared him, threatening to expose the alleged corrupt activities of the governor-elect, if he decides to probe his administration and this triggered reactions from some Nigerians, who criticised Amaechi.