Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has insisted that his influence will determine the voting pattern for Rivers people in the 2023 general elections.
He said this as he decried the absence of effective political leadership in Nigeria.
Wike said when such leadership is identified, people should place service above self and work to secure enduring development for the people and the country.
Governor Wike made the observation at the inauguration of the dualised Ogbunabali -Eastern Bypass Road that was performed by the former governor of Sokoto State, Senator Aliyu Wamakko on Tuesday.
The governor noted how wrong it is for people to think that leadership is a function of a political party when it is actually about the mindset of the individual.
“Leadership is not about party, leadership is about the individual. Party is only a vehicle to actualise your ambition, to be able to tell your people I have this capacity, I have this quality to render services to you. If you take me away today from PDP to another party, I will still perform. So, it is not because I’m in PDP that I’m performing.
“It is because I have that passion for my people. It is because I have the commitment to serve my people. Take me to YPP, allow me to become whatever I will become there, I will perform. Take me to any party, I will perform. So, it is not the party that makes you perform.”
Governor Wike took a swipe at certain misguided politicians of the state extraction who misconceived his assertion on Monday that he was in charge of the votes from the State.
“Because some people went to school late, they don’t understand when somebody says I am in charge of this State. I never said I am in charge of votes in this State. But I know I can talk to my people and my people will listen to me. Some people say I have only one vote, I agree. I can’t vote two times. I will only vote once. But because of the services I have rendered to the people of this State, the State will listen to me.”
While inaugurating the Ogbunuabali -Eastern Bypass Road, former governor of Sokoto State, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko noted with delight the leadership capacity that governor Wike has demonstrated in the service to Rivers people.
According to Senator Wamakko, any well-meaning government should aim to satisfy the yearnings and aspirations of the governed. He noted that as a talk and do governor, Wike has done adequately well for his people.