By Codratus Godson
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that for the APC to even contemplate presenting a governorship candidate for the 2019 election in the state shows that something is fundamentally wrong with the party.
Speaking in an interview at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike stated that aside the plot to rig, the APC has no platform to campaign upon in Rivers State.
“For the APC to even think of bringing up anybody against me in this state to challenge whether, I have done something or not, then you know that something is fundamentally wrong.
“What has the Federal Government done for the APC in Rivers State? What has Rivers APC achieved? Mention one thing. Is it in terms of the roads, the airport or seaports? Tell me”, he said.
He regretted that the APC does not believe in credible polls, noting that rigging and fraud is in the DNA of the party.
“All their meetings, all their gatherings at the federal level, whether by hook or crook, they must have Rivers State. They want to use soldiers, SARS, DSS. All cries by the international community don’t matter. Just take Rivers State first”, he said.
Governor Wike said that as a Minister of State for Education, his contributions to the development of Rivers State are scattered across the state. He wondered why the current Minister of Transportation has failed the people of Rivers State by refusing to attract a single project to the state.
Governor Wike said: “When I was a minister and he was in APC, I brought development to the state. For example, I brought Faculty of Law to the University of Port Harcourt. I brought grant of N500million to Ken Saro Wiwa Polytechnic and Ignatius Ajuru University Of Education. I am from Rivers State and must contribute to the development to the state. As at the time I was in the Federal Government, he was the Governor under APC and there was no development in the state. I brought UBEC intervention to Rivers State. This is my State.”
He said that as Governor of Rivers State, he has transformed the state, siting key projects across the state. He said that his third year anniversary celebration underscored the fundamentals of good governance with leaders across Political, traditional and social divides commissioning key projects.
He said that in October, his administration will commence another leg of project commissioning. He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari would be invited to commission projects, even though he is unlikely to honour the invitation for political reasons.
Governor Wike said that contrary to the propaganda of the APC, he is not against the Federal Government. He said that he is only committed to the fight against injustice.
“That’s part of the misconception. I don’t stand up against Federal Government. I stand up against injustice and marginalization. It has nothing to do with the Federal Government. If this Government is not in place tomorrow and another government comes and they perpetrates injustice, I will stand up against them. It has nothing to do with Federal Government”, Governor Wike said.