Wike ‘Amaechi, APC lost woefully in Rivers,’ Governor says

Wike made the remark on Thursday, April 7, 2016, while speaking at the opening of a retreat for top government officials in the state.

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Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and incumbent, Nyesom Wike play

Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi and incumbent, Nyesom Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has urged his predecessor, Rotimi Amaechi to accept the fact that his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) lost woefully in the March 19, 2016 legislative rerun elections in the state.

Wike made the remark on Thursday, April 7, 2016, while speaking at the opening of a retreat for top government officials in the state.

“I call on the former Governor and leader of the APC in the State to accept the reality that the re-run elections has woefully been lost by his party and that Rivers people have, again, overwhelmingly re-affirm their confidence, trust and preference for the PDP,” Wike said.

“Therefore, spare us the agony of unnecessary hostility and allow Rivers State to move forward in peace and security. We expect you to use your high office and connections to attract meaningful development projects to the State as I did during my time; not senseless and unpatriotic distractions.

“Enough is enough. All of us are aware of the sorry state of things in Rivers State before May 29 2015. Between October 25 2007 and May 28 2015 over three trillion naira accrued from all revenue sources to the State.

“Yet, they did nothing tangible with that money to develop the State. Instead, they squandered and diverted most of this money into private pockets through bogus and ill-fated projects.

“Throughout the eight years, no public secondary school was rehabilitated, while all the general hospitals were wilfully abandoned to rot and decay. I challenge the former Governor to controvert these facts in a public debate.

“I made it clear from our first day in office that we didn’t run for the office of Governor for the fun of it. We ran to restore hope to our people; provide first-class public infrastructure, tackle insecurity and make Rivers State a preferred destination for local and foreign entrepreneurs,” he added.

Amaechi is currently the Minister of Transportation.

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