Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt
The outgoing governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi needs a psychiatric attention. Rivers State Governor Chief Barr Nyesom Ezenwo Wike made the declaration in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in a statement signed by Emma Okah, Chairman, Media and Publicity of the PDP Campaign Organisation, Rivers State in reaction to the allegation of killing made against Wike by the outgoing Governor Chibuike Amaechi. According to Okah, “It is shameful for a man to speak loosely like a lunatic the way Amaechi does and we urge him to seek spiritual and medical attention”.
Okah noted that no matter how much distractions he causes, Amaechi must account for his misdeeds and alleged looting of Rivers State during his tenure. Okah declared that Wike “has denied ever killing anybody or conspiring with any other person whatsoever to kill any person all his life till date. In particular, in all his political pursuit, killing has never, and will never, form part of his strategy to win any election.” According to Okah, “People no longer take Amaechi serious.
Wike did not need to kill anybody to win the 2015 general elections in the State” and wondered why Amaechi, who is the Chief Security Officer of the State had kept quiet or refused to press criminal charges against Wike until he is about to be sworn in as Governor of Rivers State. Okah pointed out that Wike has no immunity and wondered what Amaechi was waiting for to prosecute him or anybody he accused of such a heinous crime, if he was to be taken seriously. Amaechi had alleged that “In a bid for Wike to be governor, he hired Ateke Tom. They killed a young man in Okrika and cut off his private part. They slashed a young man’s throat and decided to hang his head on a tree. When I wanted to become governor, God took me aside and allowed Rivers people to vote for Celestine Omehia and He brought me back. So, nobody died.
In 2011, the opposition joined us to vote for us. Nobody died. But because of one man’s ambition, we were losing human beings every day. Walking like a thug. Killing people like a thug”. Meanwhile, Wike has assured people of the state that his administration will restore security across the state. He said that the right environment will be created for the people of the state to engage in different businesses and also relax after work, without fear of being molested by criminals. Speaking during the pre-inauguration variety night at Port Harcourt Polo Club on Wednesday, Wike said that security is central to the development of any society. He said: “We have had a wonderful variety night with the right dose of comedy, music and cultural displays. Earlier in the day, we were at the Sharks Stadium for a novelty football match. “We need more of these recreational activities going forward. This can only be possible with adequate security.
I want to use this opportunity to assure the good people of Rivers State that under the incoming administration, security of lives and property will be our watchword”. The governor-elect also took out time to personally refute the allegation by the outgoing governor, Rotimi Amaechi that he was involved in extra -judicial killings during the last elections. He said that allegation was malicious and merely concocted by the outgoing governor who is finding it difficult to accept the will of the people. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike said that during and after the elections,he respected all electoral guidelines as he had always done since he joined politics.
The governor-elect regretted that up to Wednesday the outgoing governor and his associates were still shopping for an illegal injunction to stop his inauguration. He said their latest failure at a Federal High Court in Lagos shows that the outgoing governor is not tired of impunity. Chairman of the Nyesom Ezenwo Wike inauguration committee, Hon Austin Opara said that the night was organised by committee for the people to relax ahead of the inauguration. First class comedians, choral groups, musicians and the Rivers State Cultural troupe entertained the guests at the variety night. Celebratory fireworks displays also lit the night sky in preparation for the inauguration Friday.