by Paul Osas
The Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, has said Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers state depended on him (Wike) to run the state. In the latest episode of their back and forth, Wike responded to Gov. Amaechi’s recent statements when he hosted some Niger Delta Christian clergymen. Wike said that the Rivers governor cannot force President Goodluck Jonathan to sack him.
He fired at Amaechi, insinuating that the reason why the governor was currently having troubles is because he’s no more with him.
“We were not ministers when we fought for them in 2007. When we were here, they were not having problems. Now, we have gone, they are having problems. We have always told them that they cannot do it,” Wike said.
He was speaking while inaugurating the executive members of his political action group, the Grassroots Development Initiative in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area on Saturday.
He explained that he was not worried about losing his current ministerial position.
This is coming on the heels of peace talks between President Jonathan and Gov. Amaechi, with the latter reportedly demanding for the sack of Wike as one of his conditions for peace to reign in Rivers state.
Wike, who referred to newspaper reports on Saturday, explained that the President would not succumb to pressures for him (Wike) to be removed as minister.
He said, “No amount of condition anybody will give; you may have been reading in newspapers that they are giving conditions. Nobody can give Mr. President condition. You must have read in papers that they say they must remove me. I have even overstayed. So, if you can be minister for two years, you must thank your God. If today, you are no longer minister, don’t worry yourself. It will not change us. We will continue to fight for what we believe in.
“What you don’t know, you don’t know. It does not matter whatever amount of money you have. Money cannot buy everything. Now, they are having sleepless nights. When we were here, were they having sleepless night? When we were here, were they not travelling up and down? Now, are they travelling again,” Wike queried.
“In Rivers State, Jonathan is our son, Jonathan is our in-law and his wife is our daughter. So, we have no choice, but to continue to support him. Your duty is to mobilise the entire state for our son when he decides to run eventually. We believe that the people of South-South cannot sacrifice whatever it is our own turn for anything less than the Presidency,” he said appealing to the people of the state not to sell themselves for any amount of money.
Wike urged members of the dissolved Obio/Akpor Council, including the councillors not to worry over their unpaid salaries, adding that such situation was the price they must pay for democracy.