By Abba Gwale
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has said the President Muhammad Buhari led-Administration under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), has mismanaged the opportunity Nigerians gave them to make a difference and deserve to be voted out in 2023 adding that they dragged Nigeria 50 years backward due to its awful performance.
The Governor said this when the Vice President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Obiageli Ejezie, led other leaders of the association to the Government House, Port Harcourt, to confer on him the 2019/2020 Good Governance Award for his outstanding achievements in project execution in Rivers State.
Wike told the delegation that in 2015, the ruling party convinced Nigerians that they were going to offer better governance than erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan saying that since their took over the party had continued to drag the country into the path of retrogression.
On security, Wike alleged that Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai was reaping from the evil he plotted against Rivers State in the past.
He said, “There can’t be good governance without security and this is based on the rule of law. All of us are living witnesses that in 2015, it was alleged that the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan could not perform.
“So, Nigeria needed a change. What has happened to the change? They have taken Nigeria back by 50 years,”
Wike wondered for how long the APC Government would allow the avoidable killings and abduction of innocent citizens to continue.
He added that, “Now, you wake up every morning, students are being kidnapped in so-and-so state university; people have been killed in so-and-so state. It has become the norm.
“Just wake up in the morning and the first thing you will see on the front page of the dailies is ‘10 people have been kidnapped in Niger State; 20 have been killed in Zamfara State, five have been killed in Imo’ and this happens virtually every day. So, where are we heading to?”
The Governor lamented Federal Government of instigating security crises in his state, accusing that the APC governors had visited the Presidency to demand the withdrawal of a commissioner of police from Rivers.
“Now, in order to cause crisis in our state, they brought the CP they wanted. At the end of the day, God did not allow them to have their way. But see what is happening in his state now. When you are plotting evil against somebody, evil will visit you. And that is the problem Governor el-Rufai is facing today in Kaduna State,” Wike continued
He said, “I remember when I came in 2015, when they were honouring one of their friends as a minister on live television, Channels, el-Rufai had the temerity to say (my) election could not stand in Rivers State and that they would kick me out ”