The immediate past governor of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has said that throughout his second tenure as governor, he never left nor slept outside his state.
Wike stated this when he appeared before the lawmakers for his ministerial screening at the National Assembly.
The former Rivers governor, was the second to be screened by the Senate, but it is not very clear which ministry Wike will head, as the ministerial list forwarded by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu did not indicate portfolio for the nominees.
Speaking during the screening, Wike said, “in my four years in the second tenure, I have never left my state and slept outside my state, I make sure that I am in my state to take the challenges, to solve the problems of my people.”
While recounting his achievements in office as governor, Wike explained that when he was leaving the governorship seat on May 29, 2023, “I was leaving like a hero, they escorted me home, where women brought out their wrappers and laid on the ground and said match on the wrapper, welcome our son, you have done very, very well.”
He also noted that, “in four years I constructed 12 flyovers, not by any contractor but Julius Berger Nigeria Limited.”
Responding to questions during an interview, shortly after his screening, Wike assured Nigerians that he will do more than he did in his state as governor.
On his part, the senate president, Godswill Akpabio said Wike spoke out of passion and love for the country, but asked if he will be open, accessible by all Nigerians, including the poor, and also allow proper oversight for accountability.