Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has alleged that the State has not benefited a single thing since Rotimi Amaechi became Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation.
The Governor who spoke confidently about his allegation, said he is ready to resign immediately if Amaechi can mention one thing he has contributed to Rivers State since he became Minister.
Naija News reports Amaechi is the predecessor of Wike but the two leaders do not see eye to eye about many issues in the state.
The two of them have been locked in a fresh round of verbal war after Amaechi over the weekend, during the burial of late former Justice of the Supreme Court, Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, blamed the Wike administration for what he claimed to be the deteriorating security situation in the state under his watch.
According to him, the state has been returned to the era of Ateke Tom, a former militant leader, He said, “You have lost your voice. The sage (the late justice) has gone under and nobody is speaking. When I was governor, I gave people voices, but they have blocked those voices.”
Amaechi vowed to start speaking up over the development in the state as from next year in case nobody wants to give his voice. He said, “Everyone is scared. We are going back to when Ateke held sway. We are going back to the period where we run away from our people. We are back to a period when nobody could speak. But from next year, I will begin to speak, if nobody wants to speak.”
Wike in a direct response to the allegation, while speaking on Monday in an interview on AIT, said he would resign immediately as governor if Amaechi, his predecessor, could mention just one thing he has done for Rivers State in his ministerial capacity.
Wike also compared the developments he had brought to Rivers State in his then capacity as Minister of State and then currently as Governor.
He said: “Rivers people will ask you, what will you tell us. You’re doing rail to Niger Republic, which one have you done in your state? Wike asked.
“As minister of education, I brought faculty of law to Port Harcourt; I brought N500 million grant to Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic, I built so many schools. As a minister, I’m proud.
“You’re a minister, tell Rivers people I brought this, mention one. If you mention one, I’ll resign now. Mention what you’ve brought to Rivers people to convince them. We’re too educated for you to go to Kalamari to incite them.
“He said judges lost their voice. He’s right, why won’t they? A man who shut down the court for two years, NBA didn’t say anything. So, if he is now saying that NBA lost their voice, he’s right. Today, nobody talks about it that’s why he has the audacity to tell NBA they’ve lost their voice.”
Wike as previously reported, accused Amaechi of disregard for human rights and the rule of law, saying the Minister should be in jail if Nigeria was operating proper democracy.
“You went to a supreme court justice house to tell him the president is not happy with him, why won’t judges lose their voice?
“I also heard him say he’s the best governor. I have no problem about that, he’s very right. If a man can close the court for two years, why would he not be the best governor?”