Wednesday 8 May 2019

I Regret Offering You Olive Branch, Wike Tells Amaechi

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that Rivers people overwhelmingly voted for him during the 2019 governorship election because of his outstanding performance and projects delivery.

In a response  to allegations made by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi during his appearance on Channels Television Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, Governor Wike said that the former Rivers State governor failed in his quest to truncate his second term because Rivers people are happy  with his work.

He said he wouldn’t have  responded  to the falsehood  being peddled by the Minister of Transportation, but he owes the public the duty to set the record straight.

“It is unfortunate.  I extended the Olive Branch and I meant every word of it. It was on that basis that the State Attorney General filed a nolle prosequi to withdraw  the charge against Flag Amachree.

“If I did not do well in my first term, PDP wouldn’t have given me the party’s flag to fly. In 2015, the same man vowed that over his dead body would I emerge victorious.

“I have done well for my  people. It is for the people of Rivers State to decide.  It is not in the place of Amaechi to decide.

“We have over six million people and over three million registered voters.  Therefore, Amaechi cannot say I cannot go for a second term.  He has only one vote.

“In the past, he said an Ikwerre man cannot succeed another Ikwerre man. Today, he is saying his grouse is that I cannot go for a second term.  At every step, he has one story or the other”.

Governor Wike said contrary to the story that Amaechi peddled whilst he was on Channels Television, kidnapping  raged during his tenure.  He said it  was so bad that the State  Chairman of Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission under Amaechi  was kidnapped.

The governor noted that despite the National High-Rate of insecurity, Rivers State is relatively  peaceful, with very high ratings.

“Our internally generated revenue has improved due to the peace and security in the state”.

Governor Wike said that the political misfortune  that befell the APC during the last general elections in Rivers State was principally due to the impunity of Amaechi.

He said: “It is because of this impunity that his party was not on the ballot.  Because of this impunity he has denied so many people their political  future.”

He said that the plots by Amaechi  to manipulate  the tribunal will fail like other previous plots. The governor noted that Amaechi’s boast that he appointed  the members  of the tribunal and they would work for him remains one of his empty boasts.

Governor Wike said that Amaechi’s  plot  to use the police to illegally  certify fake results as he did for Rivers East Senatorial District during the rerun elections tribunal would fail.

“The game he played in Rivers East of using the police to certify fake results will not work. During the rerun Police certified fake results. That game will not work again. We have gone beyond that . We are waiting for the police to certify  fake results for Amaechi.”

He stated that there was no way that the defeated AAC governorship candidate, Awara Biokpomabo  would  have been coasting to victory when  he neither campaigned nor printed posters.

He said: “Awara ran for the PDP councillorship in 2018 and lost. For this election, he did not campaign and never printed posters.

“Look at that kind of impunity.  He brought a man that the people of Rivers State never knew three days to the election.

“The AAC had no House of Assembly candidates, they had no House of  Representatives candidates and No Senate candidates  for the elections.  There is no way that such a party would have been coasting to victory.”

He added that the AAC governorship candidate couldn’t have been coasting to victory  and still approach  the Federal High Court for the cancellation  of the governorship election results.

On the allegation that the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu influenced the suspension  of the collation process because he worked under him at the Federal Ministry  of Education, the Rivers State Governor said that the position of Amaechi was baseless.

He said that at the Ministry of Education, he superintended basic education, while the INEC chairman  served as TETFUND Executive Secretary under the Minister of Education. He said that the INEC chairman was appointed  by the APC Federal Government and since his appointment, there has been no links.

Governor Wike said despite  the evil machinations of the Minister of Transportation, he was unable to deliver 25 percent of votes for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and 2019

“In 2015, as a sitting governor, he failed to deliver 25 percent of votes for President Buhari. He claimed  that Jonathan  helped us. In 2019, with all the security agencies, he still couldn’t deliver 25 percent for President Buhari.

“He sang war songs, but couldn’t deliver 25 percent of votes for the President”, he said.

On the incident at Obio/Akpor LGA Secretariat, Governor Wike said that the GOC of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sarhem sent soldiers to invade the collation centre and cart away results .

“I went there to stop the Army from carting away results from my Local Government Area “, he said.

Governor Wike said that the illegal activities of the Nigerian Army all through  the Governorship Election were well documented by the media and the International community.  He said that the videos of the Army invading the Rivers State Governorship Election Collation Centre  has since gone viral.

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