Former President Goodluck Jonathan has praised Governor Nyesom Wike for delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of Rivers.
Jonathan made the remark on Thursday in Port Harcourt while inaugurating the second Npkogu bridge, as part of the second anniversary celebration of the Wike administration.
The Former President said that the performance of the Governor has endeared him to the electorate.
‘’Governor Wike has performed wonderfully well in governance. I have no regrets that he is the Governor of Rivers. I am happy that the governor has opened up Rivers through projects, ‘’ he said.
“Wike has shown so much commitment to infrastructural development. The whole of Rivers is now a construction yard,” Jonathan said.
Jonathan noted that the appreciation for the outstanding performance of Governor Wike was beyond party lines.
The former President stressed that acting President Yemi Osinbajo had also acknowledged the developmental strides of the Governor Wike when he visited the state.
Jonathan lauded Rivers people for their support throughout his eight years in national politics, while expressing joy to be part of the occasion.
Governor Wike stated that Nigerians had seen the difference between good governance and false promises in the two years of the APC government.
In what is believed to be a reference to the recent castigation of Jonathan by Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson that the former President wasted eight years at the Presidential Villa without any attendant benefit to the Ijaw people, Wike said that the decision to invite Jonathan to inaugurate the project was a clear message to Nigerians that he would not be abandoned.
“We are not politicians that when anything is wrong, they sing different song. Rivers state is a different place, ‘’ he added.
‘’When we believe in you, we believe in you. We are different from other Niger Delta states. We can say it with all authority, ‘’ Wike said.
“We cannot come out in the public and begin to castigate our own. Those who do that, should have a rethink.
‘’For us, it doesn’t matter, even with the blackmail against Jonathan, we will continue to back him, ” Wike said.
The two bridges constructed by the Wike administration link Nkpogu to the state capital.