…Says Rivers Owing Over N300bn
The former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Peterside has rubbished Governor Nyesom Wike’s pretense as an apostle of free and fair elections in Nigeria.
He has also described the Rivers governor as the worst hypocrite in the Nigerian political space since the return of democracy in 1999.
Peterside, who stated this in a chat with journalists in Port Harcourt, was reacting to statements credited to Wike, who alleged plots to rig the 2023 election, in addition to perceived excessive borrowing by the Federal Government.
He noted that the Rivers governor is the notorious culprit of everything he accused the federal government of plotting and committing.
According to him, Wike has gained notoriety for all manner of electoral fraud, bribery of INEC officials, wilful borrowing, and stifling of the state’s legislature.
Said he: “Here is Wike that the Appeal Court agreed that he mindlessly rigged 2015 governorship election, with the death of hundreds of Rivers people and usage of underhand tactics to ride into power.
“Rivers people lost their loved ones in no less than six LGAs all because of the desperation of one man who sadistically chose to grab power by all means possible.
“This is the same governor who is on record to have given INEC officials over N300m to rig election in Rivers State, the same man who is alleged to have bribed judges to sway decisions in his favour.
“How can such notorious person pontificate over how to conduct free, fair and credible election? He has absolutely no moral right to speak on credible electoral processes.”
Peterside, a former House of Reps member, queried Wike for condemning FG’s borrowings, when the same governor has borrowed over N300bn despite increased allocation, Paris Club refund, among others from the federation account and internally generated revenue.
“As of today, Rivers State government is owing over N300bn from different sources. This is an administration that has received N110bn from Paris Club refund, N78bn for roads constructed by his predecessor, over N2.5trn from federal allocation without commensurate works to show for it.
“ Only yesterday, the state executive council approved further borrowing of N25bn without stating where the money would be borrowed from and how much is allocated to each of the items that necessitated the borrowing; things are just shrouded in secrecy and lack of open bidding or following due process.
“Under Wike’s administration, Rivers people have not been opportune to see the state’s budget in the last six years, hence do not even know what is contained in it and be able to benchmark his claims,” he stressed.
The immediate past DG of NIMASA blasted Wike for talking about the independence of legislature when the Rivers State House of Assembly has been castrated by his whims and caprices.
“Rivers State House of Assembly only sits when Wike orders them to do so. Even when the National Assembly and President Buhari called for States’ Legislature autonomy, the governor told his boys to reject it.
“Only last week, the Rivers State House of Assembly members could not sit because the roof of the hallowed chamber is leaking seriously, forcing his rubber stamp legislators to scamper for safety.
“I really sympathise with the legislators, who are afraid to even debate matters of their own welfare on the floor of the house for fear of the emperor, who may order stoppage of their salaries,” he stated.
Peterside summed up by saying that discerning Nigerians know who is Wike and would not be swayed by his fake conversion to an apostle of democratic ideals.
Dakuku Peterside Media Team
Sagbama/Ekeremor Road: Gov Diri happy with contractor’s pace
… as contractor completes bridges to Ekeremor main town
His Excellency, Senator Douye Diri, Governor of Bayelsa State is excited at the progress achieved so far on the ongoing construction work at the Sagbama/Ekeremor Road.
The contractor, Setraco, has completed five bridges between Toru-Orua and Isampou communities and at the moment working on the sixth bridge at the entrance of Ekeremor main town.
Governor Diri told newsmen that he was satisfied with the progress that will ensure vehicles drive into Ekeremor main town by next month.
“I’m satisfied with the level of work. The contractors, Setraco are doing a good job and, I think the value of money is commensurate. We are happy and we hope that they will deliver at the agreed time.
I have always said that, at the end of my first tenure, we will drive to Ekeremor town on a tarred road. For now, why we are here today, is for me to see things for myself on a new bridge that was proposed for Ekeremor main Town, and I have also approved the construction of another bridge. We are looking at our Two Years anniversary, and I have also given a task for the tarring to be up to Aleibiri, and let us also stabilise the road down to Ekeremor, so that we can take a drive on our Two Years anniversary to Ekeremor main Town.
We are trying our best in the face of the downturn in the economy. These Senatorial roads are very fundamental to our People. Government is all about the People and so, we have taken them as a priority. This is one, the second is also ongoing. It is the third one that we have challenges, but I believe, this year, we will equally start something. In the first place, it is our People that will use these roads, so, even on the Eastern Senatorial road, Bayelsans will hear from us very soon on the actions the State Government will take”, Gov. Diri stated.
The Governor was accompanied on the tour by member representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency, Dr. Fred Agbedi, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abraham Ingobere, Hon. Tari Porri representing Ekeremor 1 in the State Assembly, Commissioners and other top government functionaries.
Illegal Refineries: Gov Wike gives 48 hours ultimatum to Council Chairmen
Offers two million Naira for each location listed.
In what he described as a war against the illegal refinery operators and their sponsors in Rivers State, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike at the Executive Chamber of the Rivers State Government House today met with Chairmen of all Local Government Councils and heads of security agencies in Rivers State.
Governor Wike who gave the Chairmen 48 hours to provide the location and owners of illegal refineries in their LGAs promising to pay N2,000,000 for each location that is named.
Saying leaders owe a duty to protect their people he said “I am not bothered if the Federal Government is supporting us we owe a duty to our people to protect their lives.” He went on to charge the Chairmen to be bold as leadership is a difficult responsibility that sometimes involves taking risks.
Addressing the service Chiefs he said it is unfortunate for the country that security personnel are involved in illegal bunkering .
He cautioned that he wouldn’t accept them sabotaging the health of Rivers people or the country’s economy as he called for the transfer from Rivers State of a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and NSCDC officer discovered to be complicit in the illegal refinery trade.
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