Bola Tinubu, the president-elect of Nigeria, was hosted by Governor Nyesom Wike in Rivers State on a 2-day visit on Wednesday and Thursday, May 3 and 4, 2023.
In his address to the people, Tinubu made six salient points.
The points, as shared by @LegendaryJoe on Twitter, are explained below:
Tinubu rated Peter Odili high
In his address to the state's people, Tinubu praised and described Peter Odili as a brother, colleague, man of great integrity, honourable, and a developer of humans.
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Odili was a two-term governor of the state between 1999 and 2007 and has been considered the political godfather of Rivers State.
"Wike is a man of dependable character"
Tinubu also commended Governor Wike for standing by his words, describing him as a man of dependable character and courage who fearlessly championed the principle of power rotation in his party, not minding whose Ox was gored.
He added that Wike is a promoter of fairness and a champion of justice.
"It is time for governance"
The president-elect also posited that the election campaign was over and was time for governance. He called on the opposition to leave behind the campaign politics and face governance.
"Today is no longer a day for the campaign. The campaign is over. Let's govern, and it is about governance."
"I won fair and square"
Bola Tinubu, in his speech, noted that he enjoyed the support of many of them, including the politicians from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC)
"I am a very happy man. Happy because I went through a gruesome campaign, fought hard, beat myself, supported by many of you, and I won, fair and square."
Building bridges across party line
Tinubu also described his coming to the state as a way of building bridges across party lines.
This appeared to be in line with the purported unity government Tinubu was said to be planning for when he finally resumed office on May 29.
"I owe you nothing"
The Rivers governor had earlier joked that the Federal Government should pay for all the 12 bridges he constructed because they should have been constructed by the federal government.
But Tinubu replied to the governor, ‘I owe you nothing', a comment he further explained at a banquette in the night that he only meant he did not have the power to respond to that because he was still a president-elect.
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Makinde, Uzodinma, other APC PDP governors in Rivers as Wike hosts Tinubu
Legit.ng earlier reported that the projection that Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, will go for a government of unity has begun to play out ahead of his inauguration scheduled for May 29, when President Muhammadu Buhari will officially hand over power to him.
The drama that played out in his 2-day visit to Rivers state is a testament that the idea of a unity government may come as stay when he eventually gets to the office after May 29.