The Rivers State Governor who boasted of his achievement since the commencement of his tenure, begrudge the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) of always finding excuses to wish away their “colossal failures.”
Nyesom Wike, while attending the reception of some defectors from the APC into the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state on Thursday, expressed confidence that his achievements as the governor has eliminated oppositions in the state.
While reiterating the failure of the President Buhari-led APC administration since assuming power in 2015, queried the defectors if things has been better since then.
He asked; “Are things better today? So why do you allow people to tell you lies? How long can you continue to listen to the lies of the All Progressives Congress? They have nothing for Nigerians. It is unfortunate that there was a conspiracy to remove a Niger Delta person as President”.
On perceived federal government neglect of Rivers, Wike stated, “Since they started Bonny Bodo Road, what has happened? As we speak, the Federal Government has not released her counterpart funding for that road. Now, NLNG said let us do it and then deduct it from the tax we pay to the federal government. Is it how they have been doing in other states?
“By next year, political activities will kick start, when will they build infrastructure again? Somebody will come and tell you, people, Federal Government has approved industrial pack; they have approved deep seaport in Bonny.”
To the defected APC members, he said, “Thank you for this bold step to join the PDP. Only a wicked man who does not like good things will not see what we are doing in Port Harcourt. With our achievements, we have killed any party that wants to raise its head.
“This is done by your support. On May 27, 2015, somebody said we can’t pay a salary. Today, we are not talking about payment of salary, we employing 5000 youths into the state civil service.”
Leaders of the deflectors included former Director of Finance and Administration of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Henry Ogiri; APC South-South administrative officer, Gloria Boma; Mr. Lolo Ibieneye and Alhaji Hassan Douglas.
Speaking the minds of the defectors, Henry Ogiri said the people-oriented projects of the governor Wike-led PDP administration has motivated them to join the progressives.