By PRECIOUS IBINABO DAVIDS, Port Harcourt
Rivers All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that it received with rude shock the latest plot by the Grassroots Development Initiatives (GDI) to waste and plunder the hard scarce public funds of Rivers State by embarking upon a wild goose chase of mobilising the indigenes of Rivers State abroad to re-elect an unelectable Chief Nyesom Wike who have caused untold hardship, havoc and embarrassment to the image of Rivers State and her people since he assumed office as an emergency Governor of Rivers State.
The party stated that for GDI to embark upon this unproductive and unpatriotic act of the re-election of Wike only confirms the group’s legendary in infamous and inglorious acts recalling that it was thesame group that was used in 2014 to perpetuate insecurity in Rivers State; used to molest some Northern Governors that came to Rivers State in 2014 to sympathise with the then Governor of Rivers State, Amaechi over his ordeals in the hands of Wike and used to harass, beat up, molest and dislodge over 11 key Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members that wanted to contest the 2015 governorship election under the PDP platform at the party’s National Secretariat at Abuja in 2014.
The party notes with nostalgia that Pastor Egba B. H Egba the Convener of GDI of an illusory meeting of Nigerians in South Africa could shamelessly stated that,“Governor Wike has brought relief to Rivers State students who are on scholarship studying various courses abroad”. The party asks, “How could Wike have brought relief to Rivers State students that were stranded after unilaterally stopping the scholarship scheme meant for their studies abroad? It is unfortunate that Pastor Egba who is behind this latest plot has succeeded to expose himself as a fake Pastor who is more concerned about his stomach and ready to do anything to justify his illicit source of income”.
The party in a statement circulated on Friday in Port Harcourt by Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the Media Consultant to Dr Davies Ibiamu Ikanya the State Chairman of Rivers APC to media organizations further stated that nobody who loves Rivers State and her future will take this infamous group serious in its wild goose chase of re-electing Wike come 2019 serious as doing so will be disastrous and constitute a huge hindrance to the growth and emancipation of Rivers State.
The party asks, how on earth could Governor Wike who ensured that our civil servants and pensioners are not paid their entitlements when due but prefers to give them loans, could not provide any employment to any Rivers State son or daughter throughout his three years of misguided governance; turned Rivers State into Rivers of blood and Port Harcourt from the garden city status to Port Harcourt city of garbage and dustbin; ensured that all the industries and facilities put up by the administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to reposition the State as an emerging great economic power in Africa are either vandalised or rendered redundant will be re-elected if not to invite disaster to the State.
The party further stated that under the terrible administration of Governor Wike, Rivers state stands out as the worst in areas of unemployment with highest unemployment rate of 41.82 per cent in the country in the third quarter of 2017 according to the latest data released in Abuja by the National Bureau of Statistics. This implies that for every 10 persons in Rivers 4 are without anything doing. Affirming the position of the National Bureau of Statistics the party notes that under Wike’s evil administration no Rivers State Indigene have been employed into the Civil Service instead those employed like the 13,200 Teachers employed by Amaechi were sacked. This is the character that Pastor Egbe and his group are campaigning for his re-election.
Governor Wike whose second name is MR. DISASTER whose only well known project is destroying all projects initiated and executed by Amaechi for greater future of Rivers State is the character that the misguided GDI is positioning to continue in his act of de-marketing Rivers State.
The party reiterated that any group that embarks upon the re-election of Wike whose visionless administration in Rivers State has brought more harm, hardship and shame to the State than any other administration since the creation of the State in 1967 should be considered as a great enemy of Rivers State.
Based on these facts, the party urged the entire Rivers State indigenes to unite and team up with APC to salvage the State from the hands of misguided elements currently destroying and ruining the State come 2019.”