Wike explains why he wants state of emergency declared in Benue

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By PRECIOUS IBINABO DAVIDS, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom was one of those who politicised insecurity in the country , which has now degenerated to consume his state.
He expressed this in a statement signed by his Special Assistant  Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, where he  emphasised his call for the declaration of a State of Emergency in Benue State because the State Governor has lost control and lacks the capacity to stand up for his people.

Addressing the University of Port Harcourt Governing Council at the Government House, Port Harcourt during a Courtesy Visit on Thursday, Governor Wike said that Ortom was in the league of APC governors who plotted a State of Emergency against Rivers State when the state had security challenges.
He said: “Benue Governor has lost control. That is why there is an immediate need to declare a state of emergency for the restoration of security and protection of the people.
“If you are from Benue State, I apologise. But when Rivers State had security challenges, Governor Ortom of Benue State was amongst those who plotted for the declaration of stateof emergency in the state.
“When the problem of insecurity started here in Rivers State, instead of joining hands to proffer solutions, they politicised it. Unless all those at the fore front of the plot against the state repent, this insecurity will visit them one after the other.”
He said as a result of the politicisation of security by APC governors , today insecurity has been exported to several parts of the country.
He said because he is in contact with the people of Rivers State, it is difficult to rig in the state. The governor said that those who plotted to rig in Rivers State, now understand the consequence.
Commenting on the University of Port Harcourt, Governor Wike urged the university management to remain apolitical. He said that the strained relationship between the Rivers State Government and the University of Port Harcourt was because of his advice that the institution should not be involved in the rigging of the rerun legislative elections.
He, however, said that the state will continue to support the university through the execution of projects.
Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt and Emir of Gwandu, General Muhammadu Bashar (rtd) urged the governor to remain committed to the service of Rivers State and Nigeria.
He pleaded with the governor to forgive the university management. The Chancellor also called on the governor to thank God for surviving the harsh political climate .
Pro-Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof Mvendaga Jibo appealed to Governor Wike to continue to support the university materially.

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