Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has congratulated Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike on his victory in the state governorship election.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, he he described the victory as hard-earned noting that the governor overcame anti-democratic forces.
He said: “My hearty congratulations to Governor Nyesom Wike on your hard earned re-election. It gives me much pleasure to see a political force for good, such as yourself, overcome the anti-democratic forces of dictatorship and oppression.
“The Peoples Democratic Party is blessed to have a political gladiator, such as yourself, on our side. The citizens of Rivers state are fortunate to have a genuine progressive return to extend the frontiers of progress and development for them.
“And I am favoured to count you, Governor Wike, as my friend and brother, and Rivers state as my second home.
“As your victory is savoured by men of goodwill all over Nigeria, I am sure you will continue the pattern of good works for which you have become known.
“Nigeria needs men like you. Men who can remain firm, unbowed and resolute in the face of trying times. You have proved that you have character under trial, and not just when the going is good. Such refinement will stand you in good stead as, by the grace of God, you finish the good work you have started in Rivers state.
“Congratulations once again and may God bless Rivers state and her people and may God bless Nigeria and Nigerians.”