Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said Governor Nyesom Wike has performed creditably well since assuming office 22 months ago, transforming the state in the process.
The former president gave commendation in Port Harcourt on Saturday after he was led on a tour of projects executed by the governor.
He also thanked Nigerians for appreciating his contributions to the development of the country, even after he left office.
According to a statement by the governor’s media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu, Wike conducted Jonathan round projects such as the new amphitheatre, the Government House Chapel, the renovated Brick House (former seat of power in the state) and the extended landscape.
The immediate past president described Wike as a worthy representative of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and praised him for keeping the torch shinning by his performance, which he said had justified his election by the people of Rivers State.
He noted that Wike’s performance had become the common story across the country, pointing out that he had heard about the good works of the governor for some time.
“I am part of Rivers State. I grew up in Rivers and Bayelsa State was carved out of Rivers. Also, my wife is from Rivers State. Today, is my first day of visiting Rivers State since Wike assumed office as governor. 22 months down the line, I am quite impressed with what I have seen.
“First, I heard so much, people have told me of the changes in Port Harcourt. I was told that I can’t even recognise the roads to where I used to live. As we drove into the city, I noticed that he has done very well in various areas.
“One thing I must commend Wike is that he has positive traits. I always believe that wherever you find yourself, add value. Governor Wike has added value in Rivers State. He has done well to show his signature,” Jonathan said.