Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has launched a gush of fury and vitriol on politicians in the State who support the 2023 presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Gov. Wike’s latest target is a former Minister of Transport, Dr. Abiye Precious Sekibo, who he declared does not fill such leadership position required to speak on behalf of Rivers State.
According to Governor Wike, Dr. Sekibo is a self-seeking politician who has been unable to attract democratic dividend, of whatever kind, to the State while he served as minister and also to his home town, Okrika.
Gov. Wike stated this during the inauguration 319 Ward and 32 Constituency Liaison Officers in Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday.
“I watched a video when one Dr. Abiye Sekibo, while he was addressing people in his house yesterday (Sunday), said he is the director of Atiku’s Supporters in Rivers. I have no problem about that. But he does not have that capacity to speak on behalf of Rivers State.
“In that video, he said that River State has been having close relationship with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and that Rivers State has always benefitted from Atiku Abubakar. I want to correct one impression, Dr. Abiye Sekibo has a personal relationship with Alhaji Atiku, not Rivers State.
“Dr. Abiye Sekibo was Minister of Transport when Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was the Vice president of Nigeria. Can you people mention one project in Okrika, in Ogu/Bolo, I don’t even want to talk about Rivers State, that he brought?
“Leadership is not about personal aggrandisement, but serving the people, protecting their interest, while building up others as competent successors.
“People like Dr. Sekibo number among those who are never satisfied with the fortunes they have enjoyed in life, otherwise, he should have been silent in the public sphere for his failure in leadership.
“I was a Minister, junior Minister in that matter. But I am proud to say anywhere I go to in this State (Rivers), I brought dividend of democracy to Rivers State.
“As a junior Minister, I brought the Oil and Gas Polytechnic to Rivers State that is sited in Bonny. There was no Faculty of Law at the University of Port Harcourt since the creation of that institution, but I brought it.
“As a Minister, I made sure Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic and the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, even if they are State’s institutions, I made sure they got grant of N500M each,” the governor also stated.
Gov. Wike also mentioned his several educational interventions at the primary secondary school levels, which depict what true leadership should be.
He stressed that Dr. Abiye Sekibo as Secretary to the Rivers State government did not also execute any project of note in Okrika. While he, as Chief of Staff, delivered several road projects in Rumuepirikom.
The governor also listed s number of projects his administration awarded that are handled by Dr. Sekibo, which today, in Sekibo’s estimation has become something wrong.
He explained that the N2.1 billion Okrika sand-filling project and 2 Billion Okochiri internal road, for which the sum of N1. 3 billion and N1.6 Billion have been paid respectively, were awarded to Dr Sekibo. Including the N1.4 Billion contract for the Okujaku Street, Danjuma Drive in Trans-Amadi, Port Harcourt.
Gov. Wike urged the Constituency and Ward Liaison Officers to do their work in getting reports on the feelings and expectations of the people about his administration’s performance.
He noted that it is not too late to make amends should there be such need to do so in response to the aspirations of Rivers people.
“Your business, those of you who are liaison officers, is to co-ordinate the Special Assistants who will give you feedback of what the people at the unit levels are talking about us; where they want us to go; are we doing well politically, are we doing well in the economy?
“What are the things they expect that we should be doing that we are not doing so that we can make amends. It is not too late to make amends.”
Gov. Wike declared that PDP governorship candidate, all the House of Representatives, Senate and State House of Assembly will win in the 2023 general elections. He however, disclosed that the State is yet to determine what to do concerning the presidential election.
“PDP will win our State. I am not hiding it as far as the governorship, House of Reps, Senate and State Assembly is concerned. The other one we have not decided, until the right thing is done.”