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"Did Governor Wike say this"- by Chris Finebone


"Don't behave like the kind of CTC chairmen we are appointing, who always fight over fund. The Chairman would go to bank with the Council treasurer for fund while the Members would ambush them" – Gov. Nyesom Wike

 Few weeks after Barr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike was sworn in as governor of Rivers State and he earnestly embarked on a borrowing spree, the Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, came out to warn that Rivers people had ended up in a ‘One Chance Bus’ with Governor Wike as the driver. Typical of the infamous ‘one chance’ phenomenon that leaves tears and blood in its wake, the passengers [this time the people and residents of Rivers State] are destined for either loss of personal effects and belongings or outright crash in which only the driver and his cohorts maneuvers themselves to safety with the loot from the people, dead or alive.

 Again, about two weeks ago, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress [APC] in Rivers State, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, after observing the persons appointed as Caretaker Council Chairmen and members by Gov. Nyesom Wike, raised alarm warning that most of the appointees have criminal disposition. Following that statement by Dr. Peterside, the CTC Chairmen threatened to sue Dr. Peterside except he recalled his statement and apologized to them. Of course, Dr. Dakuku Peterside ignored them knowing full well that their threat was empty and of no significance.

Just yesterday [Thursday], Governor Nyesom Wike, while inaugurating the re-constituted Rivers State Pilgrims Welfare Board, told the world that he appointed thieves as CTC Chairmen and members. But most worrisome to the APC is the fact that Governor Wike only mentioned something as grave as that just in passing. Again the continuous nature of his statement [‘Don't behave like the kind of CTC chairmen we are appointing, who always fight over fund] clearly shows that Governor Wike has no remorse for his indiscretion in appointment and he is likely to continue appointing thieves into the CTCs. However, most significant is the fact that up till this moment, Governor Nyesom Wike has not removed any of the thieves [which he confirmed by himself yesterday] from office.

The APC is forced to ask: “Is this a case of birds of the same plumage flocking together?” The APC knows that Governor Wike will not continue to have the luxury of appointing his acolytes with dubious and criminal nature into the CTCs; an end to that despicable anomie is already in sight, just a matter of time makes the difference. Finally, the APC would like to ask Governor Nyesom Wike to learn from the gloom and doom awaiting his Godfather, former President Goodluck Jonathan and remember that morning will always come when he will be made to account for what he and his cohorts did while in office, irrespective of how short the period was.

Chris Finebone State

Publicity Secretary (APC Rivers)