The Rivers state chapter of the All Progressives Congress has lashed out on the state governor, Nyesom Wike, saying that the use of gutter and uncouth language by the Peoples Democratic Party speaks volumes about his character as the leader of the PDP in the state.
The APC criticised the ruling party in the state for branding the appointment of the former governor of the state, Rotimi Amaechi, as federal minister of transportation as a waste.
According to The Cable, Davies Ikanya, the chairman of the state opposition party, in a statement through his media aide, Eze Chukwuemeka, noted that Amaechi had a reputation as an achiever and that he would certainly succeed in his new position.
The statement read: “We unreservedly condemn this unwarranted attack on the Honourable Minister of Transport, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, by Rivers PDP and take strong exception to the party’s description of Amaechi as a misfit.
“Though Rivers PDP is well-known for the use of gutter and uncouth language, describing a Minister of the Federal Republic as a misfit evidently crosses the line and speaks volumes about the character of Rivers State PDP Leader, Chief Nyesome Wike, and his co-travellers in the doomed party.
Ikanya said in the statement that the APC viewed the statement not only to be unfortunate but also a great disservice to Rivers state and Nigerians as a whole.
He pointed that instead of “the drowning party” with her members mourning and apologising to Rivers people for wasting billions of naira on a failed plot to stop Amaechi’s ministerial appointment, the party was unrepentant.
In the statement, the APC chairman noted that instead of showing remorse, the PDP embarked on issuing what he described as “worthless and absurd statements” that only serve to confirm that the state PDP was the number one enemy of the state and her people.
He argued: “Ccontrary to PDP’s claims, Nigerians are aware that Amaechi is an achiever, and they believe in his ability to make a positive difference in the transport sector, including ensuring the completion of work on the Port Harcourt International Airport and other projects in the state abandoned by the sacked PDP federal administration of Goodluck Jonathan through the influence of Wike.
“The APC advises Wike and Rivers PDP to cover their faces in shame as their six months in power through a stolen mandate has brought nothing but embarrassment, shame and misery to Rivers state and her people.
“Apart from the fact that Wike as erstwhile state minister of education collaborated with Dr Goodluck Jonathan, the erstwhile president of Nigeria, to cede our oil wells to Bayelsa, Abia and Akwa ibom states thereby denying Rivers state and her people revenues due to the state, it is also an established fact that Wike spearheaded and collaborated with the PDP Government to ensure that throughout the ill-fated six years of Dr Jonathan’s administration, no federal project was sited in Rivers state. This evil clique ensured that the Rivers state portion of Port Harcourt-Enugu Express road remains a death trap so that the blood of Rivers state people is wasted on daily basis during this evil regime.
“Today, over N45 billion collected from the federal government (May to October 2015) has been wasted in bribing the judiciary and promoting impunity in Nigeria. To demonstrate Wike’s disdain for Rivers state and her people, the world-class international secondary school located in Eleme built by the Amaechi’s administration has been closed down.
“The Buguma International Fish Farm employing over 2,000 Rivers people has also been closed down, as well as the world famous Songhai Export Farm employing about 5,000 direct and indirect labour. The Banana Farm in Ogoni is being readied for outright sale, while the kindergarten schools built in each of the 23 LGAs are being shut down,” the party said.
Meanwhile, Governor Wike had recently threatened that he will personally hand in any of his political appointees that is found to be engaging in acts of corruption while in office to the anti-corruption enforcement agencies.