- Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has come under criticism from the director-general of the Nigeria Maritime Administration, Dr Dakuku Peterside
- Peterside alleged that Wike claimed to have spent N450 billion on project execution when in essence he spent less than that
- The DG said that they are going to stop Wike in his track come 2019
The director-general of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, has said that the people of Rivers state will vote Governor Nyesom Wike out of power in 2019.
He stated this during the inauguration of Free Rivers Development Initiative at Bori, headquarters of Ogoniland, at the weekend, The Nation reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Peterside said that Wike’s administration had underdeveloped the 23 councils.
It was learnt that the governor earlier accused the former governor and current transportation minister, Rotimi Amaechi, who was also at the Bori rally, Peterside and their allies of attempting to create crisis in the state.
In an online statement, Peterside said: ”I had the privilege of seeing the Rivers state government’s records last week. They claimed by their records that they had spent N450 billion executing projects in two years and 6 months. Even by their own records, they spent less than N50 million in Khana LGA (with Bori as headquarters) out of N450 billion. There is no other sign that he (Wike) hates us with passion. We are going to stop him in his tracks.
“You all know that I grew up here (Bori). You know my house in Court Road. You know my house at Kenule Street. You know my house at CPC Road."
Recalling Amaechi's tenure as Rivers state governor, Peterside said: ”Amaechi built schools in Ogoni, he built health centres in Ogoni, his mandate was that his successor would build the new town. Somehow in words we cannot explain, somebody (Wike) came. A man who is an agent of arrested development.
“Our leader (Amaechi) represents the vision of the legendary Ken Saro-Wiwa. I had the privilege of participating in all rallies of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) and I can tell you that what Wike and his cohorts are doing do not represent the spirit of Ogoni and they do not represent the spirit of the founding fathers of Rivers state. All Progressives Congress (APC) represents the vision of Saro-Wiwa. We represent the vision of our founding fathers.
“We have made a commitment to you as a party that we will represent accelerated development for Ogoni people and accelerated development for Khana people. All you need to do is to queue behind our leader (Amaechi) and from May 30, 2019, you will see accelerated development in Ogoni."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported Wike assured Nigerians that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will win the presidential election in 2019.
Wike accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and officials of the electoral body of plotting to subvert the will of the people. He said despite all plots, the duo would be resisted by Nigerians.
Speaking in Asaba, the governor said those pretending to be seeking second tenure in office would have declined contesting election if democratic principles were functional in Nigeria, especially after performing woefully.
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