A forum of Rivers State ex-legislators has endorsed Governor Nyesom Wike for a second term in office.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the forum has as members former senators, members of the House of Representatives and those of the Rivers State House of Assembly from the First Republic to date.
There were over 25 involved in the solidarity visit to the Governor on Friday, as others attended a valedictory service in honour of their late colleague, Andrew Miller, who represented Opobo/Nkoro constituency in the 7th Rivers State Assembly.
It was not clear whether former legislators, who are now members of the opposition All Progressives Congress in the state, joined in the visit to the governor.
Wike is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, the platform through which he was elected.
The leader of the Forum, Senator Adawari Pepple, who endorsed Wike for a second term during the solidarity visit, said members have also passed a vote of confidence on the Governor.
Senator Pepple said the Forum endorsed the governor for a second term based on the massive infrastructural development being witnessed by the people of the State.
He said: “We are convinced by the Governor’s excellent performance and that he should continue to lead Rivers State beyond 2019.
“Therefore, as a forum, we call on the Governor to present himself to contest the 2019 Governorship election. We believe that the Rivers State Governor deserves a second term.”
Senator Pepple lauded the efforts of the State Governor in ensuring that Prince Uche Secondus emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party National Chairman.
Governor Nyesom Wike said his administration would continue to deliver development projects to every community in the State, irrespective of political affiliation.
The Governor stated that the mandate given him by the people presents an opportunity to serve them, adding that he would at all times place the people’s interest as priority in the scheme of things.
Wike said: “We will never play politics with infrastructure. At present, we have ongoing projects in 22 out of the 23 Local Government areas. The remaining Local Government area will witness projects implementation by early next year.”