The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has stated that he is not surprised by what happened in the House of Representatives on the selection of Minority Leader, stating that trading has been placed above party loyalty.
Speaking during a courtesy visit by the Governor of Oyo State, Oluseyi Makinde, at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday, Governor Wike stated that he is purely a party loyalist who believes in the ideals of the Peoples Democratic Party.
He said: “I am not surprised.
“When you have traders and merchants, what do you expect?
“It is unfortunate for those who do not understand what politics is all about.
“I am a core party man. I believe in the party.”
Wike said peer review is necessary to advance the course of development across the states of the Federation.
He said: “I am happy for this visit.
“We shall reciprocate the visit at the appropriate time.
“It is good for us to continue to compare notes to learn best practices from each other.”
Wike expressed confidence in the ability of the Oyo State Governor to move the state forward and entrench development.
Makinde said what happened in the House of Representatives where the position of the PDP was subverted calls for concern.
He said: “We all saw what happened at the National Assembly yesterday.
“They are things that call for concern.
“If the party takes a position on certain things, we want to ensure that, that is carried through.”
Makinde added that he was in Rivers State to also discuss issues of true federalism and the role of states in the development process.
Governor Makinde commended the Rivers State Governor for his developmental strides during his first term, saying he expects him to deliver more projects to the people.
He said: “We have seen the giant strides of the Governor during his first term.
“We are here to learn from him.”