Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Tuesday, said effective leadership is not about political party.
Wike stated this at the inauguration of the dualised Ogbunuabali-Eastern Bypass Road performed by an All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain and former Sokoto State Governor, Senator Aliyu Wamakko.
The governor said it is wrong for people to think that leadership is a function of political party, when it is actually about the mindset of the individual.
“Leadership is not about party, leadership is about individual. Party is only a vehicle to actualise your ambition, to be able to tell your people I have this capacity, I have this quality to render services to you. If you take me away today from PDP to another party, I will still perform. So, it is not because I’m in PDP that I’m performing.
“It is because I have that passion for my people. It is because I have the commitment to serve my people. Take me to YPP, allow to become whatever I will become there, I will perform. Take me to any party, I will perform. So, it is not party that makes you to perform,” Wike stated.
He added that his undying love, passion and commitment to render effective service to Rivers people have sufficiently differentiated him from other politicians.
“That is why there is a sustained commitment to add value to life, impact change with the infrastructural revolution and make the state better,” he said.
Wike explained that while others had used the economic hardship as excuse not to render leadership and service to their people, he found a more rewarding way to sustain the delivery of projects in Rivers State.
Wike’s comments comes amid the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and moves to reconcile him with the party’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Inaugurating the Ogbunuabali -Eastern Bypass Road, Wamakko said Wike has demonstrated that he has the capacity to serve people of the state.
Wamakko said any well meaning government should serve to satisfy the yearnings and aspirations of the governed, adding that as a talk-and-do governor, Wike has done adequately well for his people.