Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, said he would stand by Senator Godswill Akpabio to emerge the next Senate President.
Wike declared his total support for the ambition of Akpabio as President of the 10th Senate, when the aspirant and members of the Stability Group, a group of Senators-elect, rooting for the emergence of Akpabio, led by its Director General, Senator Ali Ndume visited him.
According to a statement by the Akpabio Campaign Media Office in Abuja, Wike said: “This is the time for me to support him (Akpabio) because he supported me when I wanted to be the governor of Rivers State.
“If truly we want this country to move forward from where we are today, I see nothing wrong in the ruling party picking who it thinks can work with the President-elect as the Senate President of the 10th Assembly. On this Akpabio and Barau project we are together to make sure they win.
“Akpabio supported me during my governorship ambition. He stood by me all through and ensured that I won. I don’t pay back good with evil.
“This is payback time for him. I will stand by him until he emerges the next Senate President. Our team would soon meet to take a position on your aspiration.
“Don’t be worried or disturbed by the contending forces against your aspiration, it is normal in politics. Power is not given on a platter, you fight for it.
“I am impressed that despite your endorsement by your party and the President-elect, you are still consulting your colleagues. That is the way it should be.
“Let us be fair to this country. If we continue this way, Nigeria will not succeed. Don’t waiver stay firm and you will win at the end of the day,” he said.
Akpabio thanked Wike for his support for his aspiration, saying, “let me congratulate you for ending your tenure as the governor of River State on the high.
“You have done well for your people and Nigerians. History would be kind to you as you exit office in the next few days. You believe in justice, equity and fairness and that is what Nigerians know you for,” he added.