he People’s Democratic Party (PDP) set aside the crisis currently rocking the party to celebrate with the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike on his birthday anniversary.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Governor Wike turned 55 on 13 December.
PDP in a statement released its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba described Wike as a courageous, passionate and visionary leader; and a very resourceful administrator and statesman.
The party prayed to the Almighty God to bless the Rivers State Governor with many more years in good health.
The statement reads in full: “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) congratulates the Executive Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency Governor Nyesom Wike as he celebrates his birthday today.
“Governor Wike is a courageous, passionate and visionary leader; very resourceful administrator and statesman who remains committed in his roles towards the development of our dear nation, Nigeria.
“As a committed member of our great Party, the PDP, Governor Wike continues to excel in delivery of landmark and legacy projects in citizen empowerment, human capital and infrastructural development in line with the manifesto, policies and programmes of the PDP, for which he is celebrated across our country and beyond as ‘Mr. Project”.
“Our Party notes with pride how Governor Wike repositioned Rivers State with exceptional achievements in critical sectors including road development, electricity, oil and gas, transportation, education, agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, security among others for which the Federal Government bestowed on him, the Distinguished Award in Infrastructure Delivery at the 2022 Nigeria Excellence in Public Service Award.
“The PDP celebrates Governor Wike on this special day and prays to the Almighty God to bless him with many more years in good health in the service of our country and humanity at large. Happy birthday, Your Excellency!”
Similarly, despite their political differences, the candidate of the PDP for the 2023 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, and his vice, Ifeanyi Okowa rejoiced with Governor Wike as he marked his birthday.
In his birthday wishes for Wike shared via Twitter, Atiku left it short and straight to the point.
“As you turn 55 today, I pray that all lines fall in pleasant places for you. Enjoy your special day,” Atiku tweeted with graphics specially designed for the Rivers State Governor to mark the birthday.
As you turn 55 today, I pray that all lines fall in pleasant places for you. Enjoy your special day. -AA pic.twitter.com/c8FboHQ9ra
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) December 13, 2022
Meanwhile, Okowa’s birthday wishes for Governor Wike were contained in a statement released by his spokesperson, Olisa Ifeajika.
The statement reads: “The people of your state, the South-South and Nigerians are proud of your sterling and laudable accomplishments in the administration of Rivers.
“As you celebrate this year’s anniversary of your birth, it is my prayer and that of the government and people of Delta that God grants you greater wisdom and good health to continue rendering service to Him and mankind”.
Recall that Wike is having a running battle with Atiku and Okowa as well as the national leadership of the PDP in aftermath of the party’s presidential primary election.
Since the Rivers Governor lost the PDP presidential primary in May and subsequently lost the vice presidential candidate slot as well, he has relentlessly attacked the integrity of both men, including the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
Wike’s bitterness, from his several remarks, is that the next Nigerian president ought to come from the southern region, where he comes from since President Muhammadu Buhari is from the north.
Since the return of democratic rule in Nigeria on 29 May 1999, the choice of who becomes the country’s president has been alternating between the North and the South.