Former Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has disclosed why he supported Senator Godswill Akapbio to emerge as the Senate President of the 10th National Assembly. Wike said Akpabio donated N200 million to his campaign in 2014 and 2015, stressing that one good turn deserves another.
Speaking during his special thanksgiving service at the St. Peters Deanery, Rumuepirikom, Obio-Akpor area of the state, on Sunday, Wike said Akpabio defied criticisms to back his governorship ambition in 2015. According to Wike: “When I was running in 2014 and 2015 he came out and supported me. He gave me N200m for that election. That is why I said one good turn deserves another. I supported him this time and I thank God he won”.
Responding, Akpabio claimed that the N200 million he gave to Wike in 2015 was not from the purse of Akwa Ibom, where he was the governor then. He added that the money was from his personal account, saying he spent it to support a “brother”.
The senator commended Wike for his support, adding that the former governor was among those who worked hard for his victory as Senate President. Akpabio expressed gratitude to Wike for the support and promised to reciprocate the gesture by working with him to develop the nation.
The former governor’s disclosure demonstrates his commitment to rewarding loyalty and friendship. His backing of Akpabio is a testament to the importance of showing gratitude and rewarding those who have supported you.