The President-elect, Bola Tinubu, has received praise from a pro-democracy group operating under the auspices of The Natives for mediating the conflict between Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers, and Senator Magnus Abe, a former foe.
The President-elect helped bring about the peace while he was in Rivers for the opening of the Rumuokwuta-Rumuola Flyover in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
Due to their political differences, Wike and the Social Democratic Party’s governorship candidate had a rocky relationship over the years.
The conflict was so severe that Abe was compelled to leave the APC in 2022 and run for governor of Rivers on the SDP ticket.
However, the president-elect asked the governor and the former legislator, who was one of his important allies in the state, to put the past behind them during his two-day visit to Rivers.
Coordinator of the Natives, Smart Edwards, praised Tinubu’s diplomacy in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, calling him a “unifier and bridge builder.”
We have seen how Bola Ahmed Tinubu brought together opposition political figures in the cases of Wike and Abe, the speaker continued. That is in Rivers best interests overall. It has the unifying quality.
“Tinubu is seen interacting with Sanusi Lamido, a royal father, and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, another member of the opposition. These are excellent initiatives to bring the nation together.
In the run-up to the most recent presidential election, Joe Ajaero’s Nigerian Labour Congress came under fire from Smart for being partisan.
The activist also issued a warning to the NLC not to incite unrest or make an effort to thwart the President-elect’s inauguration on May 29.
“Nigerians have moved past the dishonest and self-centered negotiations of NLC,” he asserted.
In the past, we all had faith in the labor union, their strategies, and even their confrontational acts.
However, now, despite being politically advantageous, the labor union has lead itself into a quagmire.
Their transformation from advocates for the voiceless, underprivileged, and disenfranchised populace to that of politicians and saboteurs themselves was documented by the election of 2023.
“In the most recent general election, the NLC’s entry into politics and its method of selecting candidates left the shores of tried-and-true comrades to uncharted depths, opening the gates to all sorts of unknown and unpredictable persons.
“We advise everyone, including the NLC, to abandon any plans to protest or try to thwart the inauguration.
Instead, we implore them to inspire their fans and members to join in on the advancement that lies ahead for all of us.
Tinubu will be unique, and all he requires is our cooperation; labor has a significant part to play in this.