President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is being expected in Rivers State next week for the inauguration of the Rumuola-Rumuokwuta flyover and magistrates court building in Port Harcourt .
He will spend two days in the Garden City before returning to his base. It will be Tinubu’s first visit to any state in Nigeria after he was declared winner of the February 25 presidential election.
It will also be his first visit outside Abuja, after he arrived Nigeria from France, where he went on what his aides called holiday after the elections.
Tinubu will remain grateful to Nyesom Wike for the role he played, ditching his own PDP and securing victory for the APC, even though reports say the Labour Party actually won the election in the state, based on figures posted on the INEC election results portal, IREV.
It is not clear if Wike and Tinubu will used the opportunity of the visit to discuss likely political benefits that may go the way of the Rivers State governor, as Tinubu gets ready for his inauguration as president.
A statement from the office of the governor and signed by his special assistant on media, Kelvin Ebiri said the 1007.5 metres Rumuola-Rumuokwuta flyover which connects Rumuola road to Ikwerre road is the 12th flyover built by the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike’s administration since 2019.
Wike, during an inspection tour of the Rumuola-Rumuokwuta flyover and Magistrates Court building in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, disclosed that the president-elect will pay two days visit to Rivers State next week.
“To God be the glory, we are expecting the president-elect on the 3rd and 4th of next month to commission the 12th flyover and the Magistrates Court building. You can see the Magistrates Court building and how amazing it is. We commend the contractor too who has done this job, and quite on time. I don’t think you can find this in anywhere in this part of the country.”
Wike explained that the President-elect was told when he came to campaign in Rivers State and paid a courtesy call in Government House Port Harcourt in February, 2023 that he would be invited to commission some of the landmark projects of his administration.
“We had invited presidential candidates of other parties like Labour, NNPP (New Nigeria Peoples Party), they all came and commissioned projects, and we did say to him (president-elect) that we believe that after the election we are going to invite him to commission projects too. And luckily, these two very important projects are ready.”
The governor said it was gratifying that his administration was able to commence and finish the construction of 12 flyovers within the last four years. According to him, Rivers people will attest to the fact that his administration has conscientiously delivered on the promises made to them.
“Rivers people will of course attest to the fact that we have given our best and we thank God and give Him the glory that it has turned out this way. We are extremely happy and we can beat our chest, we can go home satisfied that we have not disappointed our people.”