Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has debunked reports on social media of disagreements between him and the governor-elect, Siminialayi Fubara.
There have been reports that the duo had fallen apart, following Fubara’s decision to invite Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and other party leaders to his inauguration, without consent of the outgoing governor.
But Wike, while commissioning PAMO University Hospital, in Port Harcourt, yesterday, clarified that he is working with the incoming governor, saying they have no issues.
Wike said the rumour was the handiwork of those who lost in the just concluded general elections.
He said: “People don’t like good things; they like anything that will destroy. Having won them, they don’t have anything to say than to say we are quarrelling.
“I don’t even understand people. Instead of praying for things to move forward, you’re happy that they are quarrelling. We are not quarrelling; we are working together.”
The governor commended the Pro-Chancellor and owner of PAMO University of Medial Sciences, Dr. Peter Odili, for not abandoning the state after he left office as governor.
“I want to thank Odili for one thing. Having finished as governor for eight years, he didn’t go to Abuja to stay and join any pressure group; he stayed back to serve humanity through services that he’s rendering here.
“PAMO University started in 2018, and in 2023, we are opening a Teaching Hospital of that university. This shows a man who is committed and has passion for whatever he puts his hands; he wants to see it come to fruition. We are proud of products they are sending to the labour market,” Wike said.
He commended the management of the school for keeping to basic standards, and expressed hope that the state would soon become a hub of doctors.
While announcing donation of N500 million to the university, he noted that government has put in place a policy to protect the state from shortage of doctors in the future.
Earlier, Odili said Wike has shown commitment to healthcare delivery in the state by creating a medical faculty in Rivers State University, converting former Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital to a Teaching Hospital, as well as building the Mother and Child Hospital, among others.