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 the commendation when he was led on a tour of projects executed by the governor in the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Saturday.
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 was conducted 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 exemplary performance, which he said had justified his election by the people of Rivers State.
He noted that Wike’s outstanding performance has become the common story across the country, pointing out that he has been hearing about the good works of the governor for sometime.
He further said the governor had lived up to his reputation, noting that since Wike was sworn in on May 29, 2015, Saturday was his first time of driving round Port Harcourt, the state capital.
“I am part of Rivers State. I grew up in Rivers State and Bayelsa was carved out of Rivers State. 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.
“Wike has taken us round. We have seen how he has transformed and maintained that Brick House. We saw the changes he has made in some places in the Government House, including building an amphitheatre, a new chapel for worship, relaxing places and general beautification.
“If you are the chief executive of an institution, you stay for two years and you add no value, then you have no vision. Wike is doing well and we commend him. He is a good representative of the PDP who is committed to developing his people”, Jonathan said.
Speaking while conducting Jonathan round the projects, Governor Wike restated his commitment to lifting Rivers State to higher heights and thanked the former President for the visit, assuring that he would continue to live up to the expectations of the people.