I have no personal problem with Amaechi —Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State said on Friday that he has no personal problem with his predecessor, Mr Chibuike Amaechi.

Wike disclosed this at the 12 All Nigeria Editors Conference holding in Port Harcourt.

However, Wike explained that he and the Minister of Transportation differed politically because they belonged to different parties.

“There is nothing personal. We differ politically because we belong to different political politics.

“We want peace in the state and it is my desire to ensure that the state is peaceful,” he said.

Wike also said that former president Goodluck Jonathan did something special to ensure peace in the country by conceding defeat during the 2015 general election.

“Jonathan should be commended for this single act. People should emulate this move to ensure peace in the country,” the governor said.

According to Wike, Amaechi was his boss as governor and they had good times serving the state.

“We should make sacrifices for peace. The state must move on. We only differ politically and that should not be to the level that will destroy the state,” he said.

Wike also stressed the need for peace and unity in the country, urging Nigerians not to compromise that stand.

Meanwhile, the governor said that the media has the potential to be the most powerful force to deepen democracy in Nigeria.

He, however, underlined the need for media practitioners to commit themselves to the standards of the profession so that they could attain their full potential as advocates of human rights, justice and good governance.

“My judgment is that most of you are doing very well by practising your profession with the public good at the foreground,” Wike said.

He lamented what he called the deprivation of the state of its constitutional right to effective representation at the National Assembly and therefore, appealed to the media to be objective in their coverage and reportage of events and stand with the people of the state in their quest for free and fair re-run elections.