Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has extended invitations to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, to inaugurate some projects in the State.
Supporters of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of Labour Party in Rivers have been in ecstasy over his invitation by Governor Nyesom Wike to commission the iconic Nkpolu-Oroworukwo flyover bridge in Port Harcourt, the State capital.
An invitation card obtained by Hotmedia.ng showed that the bridge will be commissioned on Thursday, November 17, 2022 and it is being shared ‘aggressively’ by supporters of the Labour Party candidate since it surfaced online.
However, political analysts believe that the invitation of Obi is one of Wike’s political mind games against the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP, and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Wike and his allies in the PDP have have vowed not to support the presidential ambition of Atiku until Iyorchia Ayu quits office as the national chairman of the party.
They had called for removal of Ayu from office after the emergence of Atiku as the PDP 2023 presidential candidate.
The PDP national chairman, like Atiku is from the Northern part of the country.
But the Rivers State Governor and his allies said he must vacate office for somebody from the Southern part of the country to take over leadership of the party.
But Ayu had vowed that he will not be stampeded out of office.
Atiku had also said it will not be wise to change leadership of PDP when the 2023 election is just some months away.
However, Atiku and his allies had also insisted that they are not contemplating leaving the PDP.
But the invitation of Peter Obi to commission the project is being interpreted by his supporters, the “Obidents” as an endorsement of his candidature by Wike against that of his own party, Atiku Abubakar.
The contract for the construction of Ikoku flyover, Port Harcourt, Rivers State that is now completed was awarded to Julius Berger Plc on March 2, 2021 at Government House Port Harcourt with 12 months stated as period for completion.
But with the commissioning slated for Thursday, November 17 means that it took less than nine months to be completed.
The Governor, who was recently conferred with a Distinguished Award in Infrastructure by President Buhari, also invited a former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Edo Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, for the project inauguration.
Wike is set to inaugurate over 16 completed projects, including world-class multi-billion health and educational projects, from November 14 to December 2nd.
Busy- Bee News gathered that Buhari would inaugurate the finished and furnished world-class Nabo Graham Douglas Campus of the Nigerian Law School, Port Harcourt, in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area, on November 18.
While Peter Obi is scheduled to inaugurate the Nkpolu-Oroworokwo Flyover in Port Harcourt on November 16th, Oshiomhole was invited to inaugurate the Rumepirikon Flyover on November 15.
Also invited is the Emir of Kano, HRH Ado Bayero, to kickstart the series of events by inaugurating a mega health project, Dr. Peter Odili Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases Diagnostic and Treatment Centre.
The Chief Justice of the Federation will inaugurate the newly completed Federal Judicial Commission Liaison Office and Justice Mary Odili Judicial Institute, while the Inspector-General of Police is scheduled to inaugurate the Police Intelligence Centre.
Other projects in the list had yet to be assigned persons to inaugurate them by the governor.
Such projects are Mgbutanwo Internal roads, Rukpoku-Rumuapu-Igwuruta Link Road, Akpabu-Itu-Umudiagha Road, Rukpakwulusi-Eliogbolo community new layout road, Basic Clinical Science Building, Renal and Dialysis Centre at RSUTH, Rumuodogho 1 and 2 and Mgbuoaimini Road.