Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said that the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, is an indispensable political leader in Nigeria.
He stated this after meeting Wike on Saturday in a closed-door session held at the governor’s private residence with a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.
The visit of the duo came barely 24 hours after Wike broke silence since he lost the People Democratic Party presidential primary to former Vice President Atiku Abubarkar.
Speaking with journalists after the meeting, Dogara said, “Everyone agrees with us that Governor Wike is one of those indispensable political leaders.
“For us, it is a search to build an all-inclusive Nigeria. So we feel that as part of the agenda-setting we should meet with him and that is the reason why we are here.
“And for the rest, whatever it is, maybe in the future we can discuss that,” he stated.
On his part, the former SGF said their mission was a brotherly visit to the Rivers governor.
He said, “We came to visit our brother. He (Wike) is our brother. So, every now and then, the Bible enjoins you to visit one another. That is what we just did.”
Lawal said the interaction with the Rivers State governor had nothing to with the meeting some northern leaders held in Abuja on Friday where they rejected the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the All Progressives Congress.
“No, there are many things that in the world for which you need to visit a brother, so there is nothing to do with our meeting in Abuja,” he explained.