Raw details: WIKE IS SUSTAINED BY THE PRESS – Dr DAKUKU PETERSIDE

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– Rivers State is sliding but Wike’s image is blooming. Can you people in the press explain to me why it is so? Rivers State is the least in all indices, but the administration is popular.

Transparency index shows the state is the least. No project is advertised, budget is not in the public domain, from 2016 to 2018, and I have challenged anybody to show me any of Wike’s budgets.

The common talk on the streets is that Gov Wike may have closed all leakages but he is the pipeline for leakage. He controls all spending; is the awarding authority, supervising authority, and executing. All others are mere watchers

Some commissioners cannot pay children’s school fees. Its that bad.

Why then is the press singing his praise or silent over these deeds?

Deaths in his cabinet show that he does not care for his team. This is the position of some persons in his cabinet

He is not a planner. He has no blue print. Wike does not have any plan anywhere that states where he is taking Rivers State to. Its brick and mortar system of administration

Primary education is dead, healthcare has collapsed, but he would say he built a College of Medicine in UST (now RSU)

– Rivers State economy is dead

Businesses: Firms are leaving the state. A business guru said Wike is making everybody leave, he is also making himself to leave in 2019.

CONCERN:

–  The true picture of what Wike is doing is not in the media. Why has everybody kept quiet? Evil thrives and press is quiet? What is wrong?

Investment climate is toxic

–  Nobody can bring any new investment to Rivers State due to insecurity, his way of extracting taxes, unfriendly policies, lack of opportunity for youths, etc.

Check the hotels, the occupancy rate has dropped. The Hotel Presidential is now struggling, Le Meridien is struggling, Novotel, etc.

The Government is not looking at such key indices; there is no single investment that is coming in.

The housing sector is zero.

Gov Wike is sustained only by the press

Every Rivers fund is pumped into the judiciary, federal judicial institutions

The few projects being done are in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor

Check out two key indicators: Federal allocation and debt service ratio

The ratio of funds coming in and what has been done is almost 95 to five per cent.

The state is getting more than the past administration got but is doing nothing with it

Debt servicing is done and so, debt is mounting. Rivers State has moved from one of the least indebted states to one the highest indebted states, by the National Bureau of Statistics figures

Crime rate is highest in Rivers, always ahead of even Lagos. I am a member of the body where the police submit reports per month. Until the last two months when I did not attend, Rivers was the highest.

The state distorts facts

POLITICS

I am sold out to the battle of making Wike history on May 29, 2019, not minding who would be the governorship candidate of the APC.

For now, our common goal is to remove Wike. For now, it is not about self about saving Rivers State by removing Wike, and that we must accomplish

CHALLENGES IN NIMASA

TSA is now in place, making it difficult to do some things fast; the DSS and EFCC are permanent in NIMASA, not because of me but because of what happened in the past

We have totally reformed NIMASA

President Buhari came to Calabar and when we shook hands, he said to everybody’s hearing; I am extremely proud of what you have done in NIMASA.

A lot has been put in place. It’s a total transformation there

Buhari shook hands with me vigorously

Question & Answer

We have not agreed on who will run for APC in Rivers State, and our group is a place of consensus. We work as a team. So, I cannot begin to do what some other persons who have got the nod are doing in terms of executing their agenda. The day that decision is taken in Rivers State, you will see the result.

Yes, we have issues in the APC in Rivers State about unity but the national body is looking into it. Soon, you will hear from them

The division is just five per cent in disagreement. The PDP was divided into two going into elections in 2015 and they still won, though in a manner not very satisfactory to the rules..

APC has a big chance.

Nobody can stop the APC by going to court and the case in court is not going to stop the party. In the worst case scenario, the party can set up a caretaker committee to conduct the primaries that would produce our candidates, that is even if the case in court poses any problems in terms of legitimacy of the present state executives.

I am not against completing old projects by new administrations but credit must be given to those who started it. That is the way it is done.

Can anyone name one single project that Wike has started and completed.

The Airport Link Road to Obiri Ikwerre was not started by Wike. The heaviest work was underground drainage system. Wike tarred the surface.

The Peter Odili-Akpajo Road was suggested by Prince Uche Secondus to Amaechi and I was the commissioner of works. We had to take helicopter to do aerial survey of where the bridge would be. Why are they now taking credit for it?

The minister of Transportation commissioned projects last month and gave credit to the previous administration that moved it forward after Obasanjo regime failed to do much on it.

NIMASA has always given credit to my predecessor because he did some good things. He made the NLNG to start paying money, he started the scheme that sent 2000 persons for training abroad, etc.

–  The Amaechi government built five flyovers in three years, but Wike has not built one.

–  Dr Odili did the most in power so far.

–  Wike has no idea where he is taking the state to. He has even admitted it often.

–  The boat mishaps worry me too but it’s a matter for the NIWA, the Inland waterways authority. NIMASA is upping our game to help NIWA in that aspect. I as a person is giving out 1000 safe gears to Rivers State.

–         Destruction of parallel APC secretariat in PH: I join in condemning it. The APC boss in the state has also said the security agencies should fish out the perpetrators and punish them. This shows that he was not party to it. The minister did not order any such action, and that I can assure you. That is not his style.

–  Erecting the parallel secretariat is wrong, but taking the law into one’s hand by destroying it is also not good.

We hear there are some disagreements within them over NDDC contracts or so. We do not know who did it.

Conclusion:

We have noted your explanations. We will get back to you.