By Simdi Gloria:-
Nyesom Wike, Rivers State Governor told governors elected on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform to own up to the failure of its party in the country.
Wike mentioned that everything especially security and economy had collapsed under the watch of members of the Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF).
A statement signed by Kelvin Ebiri, Wike’s Special Assistant, said the governor spoke on Wednesday when he led his Oyo counterpart, Oluseyi Makinde to open the Woji and Obagi roads in GRA Phase 2, Obio Akpor Local Government Area.
According to Wike, it is actually ironic that APC governors won’t accept the failure of their party whereas they keep admitting worsening insecurity across the country.
Wike also mentioned that the APC Federal Government promised to offer better governance that would ensure safety of life and property of all Nigerians.
He said: “I hear the Progressives Governors Forum saying that there is insecurity. Who is responsible? They should come out openly and say that the party in power has failed. Nigerians gave the mandate to APC at the Federal Government level and therefore, they must own up that they have failed Nigerians.
Everything has collapsed in the country. Security has collapsed. Economy has collapsed. There is nothing working in the country. Today, all over Nigeria, there is insecurity everywhere.
“The other day, in Katsina State, they took about 400. The next day, they said they took 84. Now again they said they’ve taken a village head, the wife, and 14 people in Katsina State.
“When there was problem in this State (Rivers), about the level of kidnapping, I shouted but nobody listened to us. They said it was politics and that we were killing APC people. I said when you introduce politics to security the consequences will be great.
“Now, it is everywhere. Until they come to apologise to Rivers State that they are sorry for what they have done to us, then God will forgive all of them.”
The governor noted that he was not tired of serving the state boasting that after his tenure he would walk on streets confidently without the protection of personal security guards.
He said: “We are proud because we can come out and say to the people of Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Governments this is what PDP has done for you by the projects carried out in these two local governments.
“Also, we can go to other local governments and say look, vote for us. If they ask us why do you say we should vote for you, we will show proof. Very soon, we go to them and we will be able to tell them, yes, this is what we have done, therefore having done this, if you vote for us again there is the likelihood we will do more.”
Owners of business places and other investors in the state were enjoined to continue to pay their taxes to enable government to provide more quality projects.
Makinde said with the evidence of Wike’s performance, it would be difficult to convince Rivers people to abandon PDP for another party.
He said: “Indeed, all right-minded people like to identify with progress irrespective of their personal feeling towards the initiator. Development is a big part of our democracy and every project counts towards the overall progress of the nation.
“We are blessed to be leaders at this point of Nigeria’s History where there seems to be a reawakening of political consciousness, especially among the young people.
“True, we have unique privilege of grooming a new crop of people who will see governance as service. We have remained too long where people see public coffers as an extension of their personal accounts.
“At the next circle of election in 2023, Nigerians will show that they have learnt something from the event of this year, 2020 and those electoral decisions have consequences.”
Elloka Tasie-Amadi the Rivers State Commissioner for Works, said the two roads; Woji Road and Obagi Road were reconstructed to be 12 meters wide with streetlight.
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