APC Has No Campaign Platform In Rivers -Wike …Says ‘I am Not Fighting FG’

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Nigeria's former Minister and Co-Chair, Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, Dr Ngozi Ikonjo-Iweala (left), with United Nations Secretary General,Antonio Guterres (middle) and Honorary Chair of Global Commission, Felipe Hinojosa, at the 2018 Global Commission’s report launch at UN headquarters in New York, recently.

The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike has declared that for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to even contemplate presenting a governorship candidate for the 2019 elections in the state shows that something was fundamentally wrong with the party.
Speaking in an interview at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike stated that aside the plot to rig, the APC has no platform to campaign upon in Rivers State.
“For the APC to even think of bringing up anybody against me in this state to challenge 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 said.
He regretted that the APC does not believe in credible polls, noting that rigging and fraud is in the DNA of the party.
“All their meetings, all their gatherings at the federal level, whether by hook or crook, they must have Rivers State. They want to use soldiers, SARS, DSS. All cries by the international community don’t matter. Just take Rivers State first”, he said.
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.
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 N500million 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 said that as governor of Rivers State, he has transformed the state, siting 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.
He said that in October, his administration would commence another leg of projects’ commissioning.
He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari would be invited to commission projects, even though he was unlikely to honour the invitation for political reasons.
Wike said that contrary to the propaganda of the APC, he was not against the Federal Government.
He said that he was only committed to the fight against injustice.
“That’s part of the misconception. I don’t stand up against Federal Government. I stand up against injustice and marginalization. It has nothing to do with the Federal Government. If this government is not in place tomorrow and another government comes, and they perpetrate injustice, I will stand up against them. It has nothing to do with Federal Government”, Wike clarified.
On the media propaganda by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on the management of Rivers State finances under his leadership, Wike maintained that the law was clear that the EFCC has no powers to investigate the state government.
He said: “I am not interested whether EFCC backs off or not. A body that does not respect the rule of law, a body that is full of impunity; that is what the Federal Government is all about: Impunity. You heard the President say national interest supersedes rule of law. I am not against the EFCC fighting corruption, if at all they are fighting corruption.
“My concern is we must do it according to the law. The law says that we have a federation comprising the Federal Government, the states and the LGAs. We go to the monthly Federal Accounts Allocation Committee meeting when money comes to the federation, and all tiers take their share. The Federal Government is now saying that the money that comes to states will be monitored,” he explained.
He noted that the EFCC can only be taken seriously if it operates within the rule of law by successfully appealing the 2007 judgment between the commission and the state government.
“I was not here in 2007. Rivers State Government went to court against the EFCC to say the commission has no constitutional power to interrogate the finances, the expenses of the state government. And the matter was adequately addressed and judgment was given against EFCC. Since 2007, EFCC has been struggling to appeal the judgment. EFCC has not succeeded up till now. What they are doing now is, when they feel a government is not pro-Buhari, let’s do this.
“Nobody will appear before the EFCC until they follow the rule of law. This country must not allow personal interest of individuals. That is a coup against the interest of Nigeria. No wonder the EFCC will go to Benue State and seal the account of the state government. No wonder EFCC will go to Akwa Ibom State to seal the account of the state government”, he said.
Commenting on the 2015 general elections, Wike said that he never used the police or any security agency to his advantage.
He noted that former Police Commissioner, Matthew Mbu was not in Rivers State when the 2015 general elections were conducted.
He noted that the APC was not on ground; hence it could not have won any elections in the state.
“It is unfortunate for people who don’t have a sense of history. Mr Mbu was not here when I was elected governor”, he said.
He said that the current peace and serenity being enjoyed in the state was the handiwork of God, as the APC-led Federal Government has been plotting insecurity to no avail.
He said even though his administration has invested heavily in logistical and financial support to security agencies, God has stopped all evil plots of the APC-led Federal Government from manifesting.