Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the one year in office of Governor Nyesom Wike as a disaster foretold, dismissing his administration as a ‘One Chance Government’.
The party in a statement signed by the State Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, lamented the cruel fate that has befallen the State, saying Rivers has never had it so bad since its creation in 1967.
“Wike’s case is like a ‘one chance bus’ where governance is practiced as a deceitful venture. Within one year in office, Wike has borrowed over N100 billion from the banks, the highest by any State Government in Nigeria so far. This excludes the billions left by the Amaechi Administration, the over N250B that has accrued to the State from the National allocation and over N30B internally generated revenue. The question is, what has Wike used all these resources to achieve for the State?
“It is on record that instead of Wike improving on the legacies of his predecessor, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, he instead chose to destroy them. Most of our students studying in foreign countries have been repatriated based on the policy of Wike’s administration of stopping the Scholarship Scheme instituted by Amaechi’s Administration that fetched a lot of both international and national awards for the State. Modern primary and secondary schools constructed by the Amaechi Administration have now been turned into dens of kidnappers and militants.
“Our agriculture sector that was revolutionized through the establishment of the Songhai Farm, the Palm Fruits and Banana Production Centres have either been scrapped or rendered useless by Wike’s Administratio”, the party said.
APC also said “Wike and Mr Felix Obuah the PDP State Chairman and the Chairman of the Rivers State Sanitation Authority have collaborated for their selfish interests to turn Port Harcourt from Garden to Garbage City after turning the Authority into a drain pipe where Rivers state funds are siphoned to better the lots of the cabal ruining the State”.
Rivers APC bemoaned the high level of violence in the State in the past one year that Wike has been in power.
It said “today, Rivers State under Wike’s watch is termed as Rivers of blood where kidnappers, militancy assassins, cultism, robbers not only hold sway but are empowered through patronage. Everyday people are beheaded, buried alive or entire families are wiped out. At the last count, over 500 innocent Rivers residents have been sent to their early graves”.
Based on the above sad and pathetic scenario, we agreed with Wike that Rivers State has nothing to celebrate, “especially having ensured that up till now, Rivers State has not been represented at the National Assembly due to his obnoxious security policy as Rivers State is no longer safe even for the conduct of elections.”
“Wike’s performance in several other aspects of the lives of Rivers people has also been woeful”, APC aid adding that “till today, Wike’s administration has no concrete policies on agriculture, education, industrial development, manufacturing, tourism, employment generation, state security, etc.”
Summarising the achievements of the Wike administration in the past one year, the statement said: “The only visible achievement by Wike and his gang of confused minds is repackaging and commissioning of roads and bridges constructed by the Amaechi Administration and the heavy taxation and levies being imposed on Rivers people, as well as the reintroduction of school fees earlier cancelled by Amaechi’s Administration.”