The Rivers State governor, Barrister Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared that for the All Progressive Congress (APC) to contemplate presenting a governorship candidate for the 2019 election in the state shows that something was fundamentally wrong with the party.
Speaking at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike stated that aside the alleged plot to rig, the APC had no platform to campaign upon in Rivers State.
Wike said: “For the APC to even think of bringing up anybody against me in this state to challenge me, whether I have done something or not, then you know that something is fundamentally wrong.
“What has the Federal Government done for the APC in Rivers State? What has Rivers APC achieved? Mention one thing. Is it in terms of the roads, the airport or seaports? Tell me”.
He regretted that the APC did not believe in credible polls, alleging that rigging and fraud were in the DNA of the party.
“All their meetings, all their gatherings at the federal level, centre on how they must win in Rivers State, whether by hook or crook. They want to use soldiers, SARS, DSS. All cries by the international community don’t matter. Just take Rivers State first,” he alleged.
Governor Wike said that as a Minister of State for Education, his contributions to the development of Rivers State were scattered across the state and wondered why the current Minister of Transportation has “failed the people of Rivers State by refusing to attract a single project to the state.”
Governor Wike said: “When I was a minister and he was in APC, I brought development to the state. For example, I brought Faculty of Law to the University of Port Harcourt. I brought grant of N500 million to Ken Saro Wiwa Polytechnic and Ignatius Ajuru University Of Education.
“I am from Rivers State and must contribute to the development of the state. As at the time I was in the Federal Government, he was the Governor under APC and there was no development in the state. I brought UBEC intervention to Rivers State. This is my state,” he stated.
He said that as Governor of Rivers State, he transformed the state, citing some key projects across the state.
He said that his third year anniversary celebration underscored the fundamentals of good governance with leaders across political, traditional, and social divides commissioning key projects.
According to the governor, in October, his administration would commence another leg of project commissioning, noting that President Muhammadu Buhari would be invited to commission projects, even though he would be unlikely to honour the invitation for political reasons.
Governor Wike said that contrary to the propaganda of the APC, he was not against the Federal Government, adding that he was only committed to the fight against injustice.