Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said that Abuja does not hold pleasant memories for him.
Speaking during a book launch in Abuja on Saturday, Wike said the state reminds him of his defeat during the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) held on May 28 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium.
The book, titled: ‘Flowing Justice: Selected Leading Judgments of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court,’ was authored by retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Abdu Aboki, and was unveiled by the governor.
Wike said: “I want to once again congratulate My Lord, Hon Justice Abdu Aboki JSC for giving me this opportunity to be here and to be the chief launcher.
“But why I said My Lord did not do well is because if he had held this in Lagos or Kano, I would have been happy.”
The governor said when he arrived in Abuja and saw the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, he remembered the unpleasant experience which led to his defeat.
“When I landed and then passed through the venue. I said I think My Lord intentionally wanted me to remember the 28 and 29 of May of what happened.
“Well, but life continues,” he said.
He explained that unlike the governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, who lost and has been visiting Abuja often, it is his first time making an appearance in the state after his defeat.
“I am not like Yahaya Bello who lost and he comes (to Abuja) every day,” he added.
He hailed Justice Aboki’s commitment to the protection of justice and rule of law, noting that “Justice Aboki is a consummate jurist who has left his name indelibly in the sands of time and judicial history.
“While judges are of different social, economic and political persuasion, Honourable Justice Abdu Aboki prides himself among the progressive rank that stands up to what is right and just, and believes that the law and the constitution, as interpreted and enforced by the court must both protect and advance the unity and wellbeing of the nation and her citizens,” he said.