- Rivers state APC governorship candidate in 2015, Dakuku Peterside, has said that Governor Wike would be kicked out in 2019
- He said the party is ready to take over the state in 2019
- Peterside also alleged that Wike's administrator has plunged the state into huge debt
The director general of Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and a former governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC), Dakuku Peterside, said that in-spite of the seeming crisis rocking the party in the state, members have resolved that Governor Nyesom Wike would be kicked out in 2019.
Peterside who spoke to a cross section of journalists in Port Harcourt on Sunday, August 12, for which NAIJ.com regional reporter, Tony Ihunwo, was in attendance, stated that Wike's administration has plunged the state to its lowest ebb of financial recklessness in the history of the state, despite the huge resources accrued to the state through the federal allocations and the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
He said for the past three years under Governor Wike's watch, all tenets of transparency in governance have been thrown into the winds.
Peterside said: "From the available statistics, Rivers state is at bottom of the ladder. It is the only state where the contracts are not advertised, the only state whose budgets for 2016, 2017 and 2018 cannot be found in the public domain.
"Governor Wike is the only one who has access to state budgets, state IGR. Even his commissioners in is cabinet do not know how contracts are awarded. Some of them confided in me that they can hardly pay their children's school fees.
"Wike may have blocked all the loopholes but he is the main pipeline in the leakage."
He accused Wike of embarking on a deliberate policy of scaring away investors and major firms and business interests are leaving the state in droves due to the state induced insecurity and multi-taxation.
The former APC governorship candidate said that a random check in the state capital showed the hoteliers are groaning due to lack of patronage.
Agricultural sector which is highest source of employment for the youthful population all over the world has been neglected by the Wike's government. He has neither initiated new policy in the sector.
He blamed the media for the hype that the Wike's administration is enjoying that has created the impression that he is a performing governor.
"Besides completing the projects of the previous administration, Wike has not initiated any project except investigating a huge chunk of the resources of the state on the judiciary. All other sectors have been abandoned."
He said the so-called development of the Wike's administration blown out of proportion by the media to the world is completing old projects located in Obio-Akpor and Port Harcourt council areas.
Peterside also vowed that APC would galvanize Rivers people to kick out governor in 2019 polls.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the director general of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, said that the people of Rivers state will vote Governor Nyesom Wike out of power in 2019.
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