Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
A senator-elect on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Andrew Uchendu, has vowed to reconcile Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, and the Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi.
Both Wike and Amaechi have engaged in a running battle for the control of political space in Rivers State since the 2015 general election.
But Uchendu who clinched the Rivers East senatorial seat following an Appeal Court judgment,which sacked Senator George Sekibo, said he would work with Wike for the peace and development of the state.
Uchendu spoke with journalists yesterday in Abuja shortly after being issued a certificate of return by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“I will formally pay Wike courtesy visit to tell him that am ready to work with him because as senator, I will be representing the largest senatorial district, with the highest population and with voting strength of about 1.3 million.
“So I cannot joke with Rivers people including Nysome Wike; we come from the same area. It will be a new narrative. I assure Nigerians to do my best to bring peace,” he stated.
Uchendu will represent Rivers East senatorial zone of the state, the same zone with Wike.
The new senator-elect who was a member of House of Representatives, said he was in a better position to advice the governor, as he claimed, he was among those who groomed him politically.
“I have been part and parcel of the development in the state since 1978 when I finished my youth service and I know the various leverage to pull to contribute my own quota.
“I have promised and vowed that I will extend my hand of fellowship to him. Possibly with age, I may be in a position to guide him.
“With this certificate, I have promised to go back, go to him, sit down and say let us find a way to move the state forward, irrespective of party differences. The people of Rivers State are more important to me than Wike,” Uchendu noted.
INEC National Commissioner representing South-south in the commission, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, who presented the certificate to Uchendu, congratulated him
for his victory at the court.