By Paschal Chukwuemeka
The Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken a swipe on Governor Nyesom Wike, describing his administration as a curse to the State.
“It is an indisputable fact that Rivers State is under a curse with Wike as our Governor. He stands out as the only Governor in this present dispensation who has borrowed over N150 billion in just over a year, after squandering over N70billion internally generated revenue and over N200billion revenue from the Federation Account without any tangible project to his name” the party lamented in a statement issued on Monday in Port Harcourt.
The statement signed by th Rivers state APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, regretted that instead of applying the enormous resources at his disposal to positively touch the lives of Rivers citizens, “Wike is busy white-washing and commissioning projects initiated and duly completed by the immediate past administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi”.
“Wike, whose middle name is Squander mania, has busied himself wasting Rivers State lean finance by hosting all manner of clubs and associations in Port Harcourt. He has refused to pay our civil servants and pensioners their salaries/dues or to embark on any meaningful project since he was forced upon Rivers State.
“To further compound the problems of Rivers people, Wike has turned the state to Rivers of Blood where security agents, men of God, politicians and mother of triplets are butchered or killed in cold blood by armed criminals in the state with fake amnesty by not retrieving the arms which they use to kill and maim innocent people,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the Rivers APC has commended Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State for advising Wike to try to be man enough by paying Rivers civil servants their salaries and to stop squandering the state’s resources on things that do not concern or contribute to the growth of Rivers State.
It urged Wike to learn from the Edo State Government, which though not economically viable like Rivers State, does not only pay its workers but went ahead to increase the minimum wage from N18,000 to N25,000 per month.
The party advised Edo people not to worry themselves about Wike’s reported recruitment of thugs to rig the September 28 governorship election in favour of his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“We encourage Edo State voters not to be afraid of Wike’s militants as the security organs are capable of checkmating them. The voters should turn out en masse and vote Godwin Obaseki, the APC candidate, to sustain and improve on the revolution started by the Comrade Governor for a better and greater Edo State,” the statement said.