The war of words between the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, and is predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi, continued on Thursday at the two-day retreat organised by the Rivers government for key officials of the state. Gov. Wike advised Amaechi, who is now the minister of transportation, to stop distracting his administration.
“I call on the former Governor and leader of the APC in the State to accept the reality that the re-run elections has woefully been lost by his party and that Rivers people have, again, overwhelmingly re-affirm their confidence, trust and preference for the PDP,” said Wike in his opening remarks at the event tagged, “Strengthening capacity, efficiency and service delivery for sustainable development.”
Speaking further, he said Amaechi should spare Rivers people “the agony of unnecessary hostility” and allow the state to make progress with peace and security. “We expect you to use your high office and connections to attract meaningful development projects to the State as I did during my time; not senseless and unpatriotic distractions. Enough is enough,” said the governor.
Wike said his administration is currently faced with the responsibility of reviving the state which according to him was wrongly managed by the past administrations of the state.
“All of us are aware of the sorry state of things in Rivers State before May 29 2015. Between October 25 2007 and May 28 2015 over three trillion naira accrued from all revenue sources to the State. Yet, they did nothing tangible with that money to develop the State. Instead, they squandered and diverted most of this money into private pockets through bogus and ill-fated projects.”
The governor alleged that all key projects initiated by the Amaechi administration were either abandoned or not executed at all.
Wike stated that despite inheriting a badly governed state, his administration has begun the process of developing the state by initiating critical projects and programmes that have revived the economy of the state to the benefit of the people.