Former Minister of State for Education and People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Governorship aspirant in Rivers State, Barrister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has berated the outgoing governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi for celebrating the Supreme Court judgment that brought him to government, while ironically crippling the judiciary in the state.
Amechi had tacitly accused Wike of embezzling N3b funds approved by his government for the construction of a major road in Port Harcourt. Speaking on Saturday at the 7th anniversary of the Supreme Court judgment that pronounced him governor Amechi said the former minister pocketed the sum of N700m while the contractor did not perform to expectation.
He however, said thieves would not be allowed to succeed him as Governor of Rivers State come 2015.
The PDP Governorship aspirant spoke in Abonema on Saturday during a rally where he addressed would be delegates of the party from the four local councils of Akuku Toro, Asari Toro, Degema and Bonny.
He said for a man who benefitted from the candour of the judiciary, it was unfortunate that he has locked up the courts to deny less privileged Rivers indigenes access to justice.
Speaking further, Barrister Wike regretted that instead of presenting his own candidate, the outgoing governor is busy campaigning for himself.
He wondered why Amaechi is losing sleep over PDP candidate.
Barrister Wike said: “Amaechi is happy for Supreme Court, but Amaechi has crippled the judiciary. Amaechi is siphoning Rivers money, but he will lose Presidential and governorship election.
“Amaechi is spending on PDP governorship aspirants because he cannot present a candidate of APC hat can face. I will win the PDP primary by the support of PDP members and will go ahead to win the governorship election.”
In an address, an Ijaw leader, Chief Precious Elegema said its no coincidence that Wike is visiting the Ijaws to promote his governorship candidacy. He thanked Wike for choosing his proposed deputy from the Ijaws.
He said though the Ijaws are interested in becoming governor, at the moment, they fully support Wike. He added that Rivers State is at a moment of decision, hence the need to support a strong candidate who will liberate the state.
Also speaking, Chief David Briggs, Former Commissioner in Rivers State said that the Kalabari people are working with Wike for future reasons. He Noted that the people have entered a contract with Wike for the development of Rivers State.
King Hope Dan Obusenga, a traditional leader of Oceania in Akuku Toro LGA said even before Wike started his aspiration he had started his developmental projects in the area, touching the lives of the people.
He stressed that Wike stopped Amaechi’s impunity in the area, ensuring the posting of soldiers in the area to maintain peace.
According to him, if Wike as a minister could promote peace in the area, he would promote infrastructural development. He donated N10million to the Wike campaign funds.
High point of the programme was the commissioning of the Wike Campaign office in Abonema by Chief Ferdinand Anabaraba.