- The APC in Rivers state says Wike exposed his incompetence by accusing the federal government over the black sooth ravaging Port Harcourt
- According to the party, Wike has never seen anything good in the federal government since the latter defeated the PDP in 2015
- The party commended the federal government for explaining that illegal bunkering and other activities are responsible for the black soot
The Rivers chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has come hard on Governor Nyesom Wike describing as 'really bizarre' the latter's statement blaming the federal government for the black soot in parts of the state.
The APC said it was alarmed that Wike could say the government of Buhari was deliberately using any means (and in this case soot) to depopulate any part of the country.
Wike reportedly said this during the visit of a delegation of the United Nations (UN).
The party said by this act, Wike has exposed himself as an unpatriotic, despicable, ignorant character and unfit to occupy the exalted office of the governor of a high class State like Rivers state.
“What can anyone say? Governor Nyesom Wike believes in extreme politics based on total lack of morality, dishonesty and naked lies. We will rather leave Governor Wike and his statement to Nigerians and posterity.
"Obviously, the statement is beyond comprehension by any rational mind," Chris Finebone, Rivers state APC spokesman said in a statement made available to NAIJ.com by Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the media consultant to Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, the party's chairman on Friday, April 20.
The party alleged that Wike has not ceased to use any forum to expose his unpatriotic mind and hatred for the APC-led federal government just because the party truncated the ambitious plot of his party - the PDP to continue to loot their common patrimony with impunity for the next fifty years.
According to the statement, "the truth is that under Governor Wike, everything in Rivers state is going from bad to the bizarre and this includes logical reasoning. The governor was simply being disingenuous and we are not surprised that he made such a mendacious statement.
“Firstly, the issue of environment is on the residual list in the Nigerian constitution hence the inability of the Nigerian parliament to make its legislation on the environment binding on states and local governments.
"For example, despite the setting up of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) by the federal government, states and local governments reserve the right to or not to set up State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) and Local Government Emergency Management Agency (LEMA) respectively. For instance, Rivers state does not have SEMA and LEMA."
Concerning the soot ravaging Port Harcourt and environs, the APC said it would have made sense if the governor listed actions the state government had undertaken towards arresting the dangerous situation rather than claim that his administration had done the needful.
"What does Governor Wike precisely mean by doing the needful? He should specify what that means in clear times," the party said.
The party expressed gratitude to the federal government concerning its position on the causes of the black soot which it said was because of the activities of illegal oil refiners, bunkers and burning of tyres by most of the over 100 abattoirs operating in the state.
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"For sure I can tell you that that statement is mere facade to cover up the ineptitude of Governor Wike's government in tackling this challenge.
"The state government has done absolutely nothing in that regard," the statement said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the federal government said the soot, currently being experienced in Port Harcourt and its environs, was caused by activities of illegal oil refiners, bunkers and burning of tyres.
Peter Idabor, director general of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) disclosed this at the beginning of a Joint Activation and Drill Exercise in Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, April 17.
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