Bola Tinubu, Nigerian President-elect has given reasons why he made the comment of “I owe you nothing” to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike at the commissioning of the Rumuokwuta/Rumuola Flyover in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State.
During the commissioning ceremony, Wike had detailed all the 12 flyovers the state government had constructed mostly on federal roads in the state to ease traffic, and asked for a repayment of the expenses from the federal government when Tinubu becomes president.
The statement had generated so much banter on social media with many people speculating that Tinubu had started reneging on the deal he had with Wike to let the All Progressives Congress (APC) win the presidential elections in the state.
Tinubu tried to clear the air later in the day during the State Banquet held in his honor on Wednesday night by daring social media critics to continue saying whatever they want online but that he was unbothered.
Tinubu explained that he could not make any commitments since he was yet to takeover power and any commitment made would be personal which he probably would not be able to pay.
In his words:
The truth is, I’m a President-elect. I have no signature for expenditure until sworn in. How can I make a commitment? I cannot sign a dime of Nigeria money or expenditure now. There can only be one president at a time.
If I sign anything for you now and commit to it, I can’t pay. For that flyover, how can I pay, personal? That’s not realistic.