A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said on Sunday that Nigerians no longer take any statement from Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike seriously.
Naija News understands that the submission was made to counter the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governor’s comment earlier about the administration of his predecessor and former principal, Rotimi Amaechi.
Wike had on Saturday, while commissioning a project in the Obio-Akpor local government area, accused Amaechi of emptying the state treasury before vacating office in 2015.
Recall that Wike was a former Chief of Staff to Amaechi.
Governor Wike, in another statement, said the former Minister of Transportation and the APC governorship candidate in Rivers, Tonye Cole, would never have a reason to plunder the state resources again.
Wike stated that Amaechi’s comment on the ongoing project was filled with envy. He wondered why Amaechi, who was unable to account for the 308 million proceeds from the sales of the State power plants by his administration, would have an opinion about the inauguration of his projects, Naija News reports.
He had said, “Why should we not celebrate, when you sold our gas turbine at the cost of $308 Million? Convert it today at even N500, how much will it be? What can you show for the money, certainly nothing.”
However, the spokesman of APC in the state, Darlington Nwauju, said on Sunday that Amaechi would not engage the incumbent Governor of Rivers State in a media war.
Nwauju said it became necessary to set the records straight by confirming that Amaechi has to the credit of his administration, the “Agip, Eliozu Obiri Ikwere, Eleme, and Woji flyover projects”.
He maintained that the projects, like others under Amaechi’s administration, were done with “Utmost regard for due process as they went through competitive bidding processes with premium standards delivered in the best interest of Rivers people”.
APC Is Proud Of Amaechi’s Administration
According to him, while the Amaechi administration had an Internally Generated Revenue of between N1.5bn to 1.9bn monthly to work with, the Wike administration is getting between N10bn and N15bn monthly in IGR.
The APC spokesman boasts that APC was proud that its leader and former Governor, the Minister of Transportation, did so much for Rivers State, including the employment of 13,000 teachers and 400 doctors.
He further stated that pharmacists and nurses were all employed without clannish, tribal or political sentiments, unlike what he said recently happened at the Rivers State University, where according to him, only persons from Governor Wike’s community were given employment against the Oath of Allegiance sworn-to by the governor.