The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has said despite the evil machinations of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, he was unable to deliver 25 percent of votes for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and 2019.
Wike said while reacting to comments made by Amaechi about the high rate of insecurity in Rivers State, during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday.
Governor Wike said contrary to what Amaechi said, kidnapping raged during his tenure. He said it was so bad that the State Chairman of Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, was kidnapped during Amaechi’s Tenure.
The Governor noted that despite the National High-Rate of insecurity, Rivers State is relatively peaceful, with very high ratings.
“Our internally Generated Revenue has improved due to the peace and security of the state”.
Governor Wike said that the political misfortune that befell the APC during the last general elections in Rivers State was principally due to the impunity of Amaechi.
“It is because of this impunity that his party was not on the ballot. Because of this impunity he has denied so many people their political future.”
He said that the plots by Amaechi to manipulate the Tribunal will fail like other previous plots. The Governor noted that Amaechi’s boast that he appointed the members of the tribunal and they would work for him remains one of his empty boasts.
Governor Wike said that Amaechi’s plot to use the police to illegally certify fake results as he did for Rivers East Senatorial District during the rerun elections tribunal would fail.
“The game he played in Rivers East of using the police to certify fake results will not work. During the rerun Police certified fake results. That game will not work again. We have gone beyond that. We are waiting for the police to certify fake results for Amaechi.”
Governor Wike said despite war songs by Amaechi, he was unable to deliver 25 percent of votes for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 and 2019. He said:
“In 2015, as a sitting Governor, he failed to deliver 25percent of votes for President Buhari. He claimed that Jonathan helped us. In 2019, with all the security agencies, he still couldn’t deliver 25percent for President Buhari.
“He sang war songs, but couldn’t deliver 25 percent of votes for the President.”
On the incident at Obio/Akpor LGA Secretariat, Governor Wike said that the GOC of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Jamil Sarhem sent soldiers to invade the Collation Centre and cart away results. He said:
“I went there to stop the Army from carting away results from my Local Government Area.”
Governor Wike said that the illegal activities of the Nigerian Army all through the Governorship Election were well documented by the media and the International community.
He said that the videos of the Army invading the Rivers State Governorship Election Collation Centre has since gone viral.
He said that even the Rivers State Commander of F-SARs has since written him a congratulatory letter on his well-deserved victory.
He said that his administration continues to fund all security agencies in the state, including providing needed logistics. He said that the Israelis that Amaechi introduced were only used to siphon State resources.
He wondered why Amaechi finds Pleasure in de-marketing Rivers State, when the State made him Speaker, Governor and Minister of the Federal Republic.
Governor Wike said after four years as a Minister, Amaechi cannot boast of attracting a single project to Rivers State. He noted that as Minister of State for Education, he attracted several projects to the state.
He denied attempting to bribe the GOC, saying that he has never met him at any point. He said by Amaechi’s logic, it means that the Minister bribed the GOC 6 Division to subvert the Electoral Process.