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Nyesom Wike, the immediate past Governor of Rivers State has defended Nigeria’s President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu over his decision on subsidy removal, saying it is not easy to govern a country like Nigeria.

Wike made this known in a brief interactive session with state house correspondents on Friday.

The Informant247 had earlier reported that Wike alongside Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and former Delta State Governor, James Ibori met with the president at the presidential villa on Friday, in Abuja.

Wike, while reacting to a question on the motive behind the visit, said “There’s no big deal about it, the governor of Oyo has told you what we came to do; to give him support. We are supporting all the decisions he’s taking, it shows that he’s prepared for the job and there’s nothing bad about that. It requires tough decisions for a country to move forward.”

Asked if he was planning to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC), he said: “Don’t say that.”

Earlier, Makinde said they visited the president to tell him that he had started well and had the support of the generality of the people.

Asked if they discussed the subsidy issue, the governor of Oyo State said: “Yes, we discussed it. It’s something that is on top of public discuss right now. We know it’s a tough decision for the people and he needs the support of everybody to see this through.”

Makinde and Wike, the key members of G-5, a group floated at the height of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) crisis in the buildup to the 2023 elections, contributed to the victory of President Tinubu in the February 25, 2023 election.

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