Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on Rivers politicians and political office holders to always place the state first in all their dealings.
Speaking during the Thanksgiving Service in honour of Elected APC National and State Assembly Members in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike said all political office holders should ensure the rapid development of the state.
He said this is the time to cooperate as leaders of Rivers State and build the state for the benefit of her people.
The governor said: “The State should be the first to be considered at all times. The interest of the state is paramount.
“When we come together, all we should preach is how Rivers State should be the number one state in the country.”
According to the governor, when the time for election comes, politicians can jostle for positions.
He explained that the APC members emerged victorious because God ordained their victories.
In his address, Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki urged the APC in Rivers State to reconcile, pointing out that they would have challenges if their internal conflict persists.
He said that the party ought to have one programme on Saturday, but the two programmes at different locations revealed that something was wrong.
He said: “Without peace and reconciliation, victory will not be easy. There should be only one APC in Rivers State. What is happening is wrong. Let us have unity and let us work together “.
Senator Representing Rivers South-East, Senator Magnus Abe said as Rivers people, there are a common destiny and heritage.
He said that the people reserve the right to determine who their leaders would be, stressing that the state must come first.
He said: “Now is the time to put the interest of the state ahead of anything else. We must work together so that the people can benefit from the politics we play “.