Although Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has only spent three weeks in power, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has started showing him the kind of opposition he will face in the next four years.
The state chapter of the APC accused Wike of plans to start looting by requesting for an approval of N10 billion from the state House of Assembly.
The party claimed that Wike had prevailed on the Assembly dominated by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) members to approve a N10 billion loan for him without attaching projects for which the loan was meant.
“Wike has confirmed our fears that he has no agenda for the development of Rivers State, rather than looting the common patrimony of the state with impunity, by influencing the state House of Assembly to approve N10 billion without the purpose of the approval being clearly stated,” a statement signed by the media adviser to the party chairman, Chukwuemeka Eze, said.
“Part of the fund, we are meant to understand, is to be used to pay off all those imposing Chief Wike on Rivers State against the wishes of our people and against the rotational principle.”
Chief Wike, the party further alleged, “perfected this looting spree when immediately after his swearing-in ceremony on May 29, 2015, he locked out both the Permanent Secretary and the Chief of Staff from Government House, until May 31, to enable him loot the property in the Government House – after which he turned around to maliciously allege that former Governor Chibiuke Amaechi, looted the place before leaving office.
“Rivers APC, however, has vowed not to be blackmailed or intimidated, saying: “All these ploys notwithstanding, we wish to reiterate that no amount of thieving, misappropriation of public funds will deter us from fighting the evil cause Wike’s personality represents.
“Apart from trying to deny the Riverine areas of their right to produce the next governor of Rivers State after Amaechi, his illegal imposition tells dangerous times for our dear state. Most importantly, we cannot give up the fight to avenge the blood of hundreds of our people killed in order to realise Wike’s mission to capture the Rivers Government House at all costs,” the APC said.