Nyesom Wike, the state Governor of River state, has revealed that up till now, President Buhari government has not refunded Rivers state the money it approved some months ago.
Let’s recall that Wike had appreciated President Buhari, describing his government and him as indeed a President of every State in Nigeria and father of all Nigerians following the approval of the sum N78.9billion the River Government used in the maintenance of Federal roads in the State.
Nyesome Wike, while addressing the party stakeholders in Port Harcourt on Thursday, said not even one kobo has been refunded to the State since then.
Nyesome Wike explained further that the said fund was for federal projects executed with State Money by the administrations of Peter Odili, Chibuike Amaechi, and the current administration.
In his statement,
“No State in Nigeria can say they’re better than Rivers State. No. God has given us what it takes to move the State to the next level…not next level of poverty,” Wike began.
“There’s nothing the APC can tell Rivers people today ‘this is why you must vote for the APC.’ But we have something we can say, ‘Rivers people, see what we have done..’
“APC has nothing to tell them. Whether Federal Government; whether their political appointees on the federal level, they have nothing to say to them, nothing.
“The money they said they’ve approved for us they’ve not given us, but I’m not worried. I’ll continue to work.
“So when many of them will say that these projects I’m doing is because they’ve given me money, Nigerian people, not even one Naira.
“No one Naira have they given me. But it’s our money. We don’t owe them any duty to explain to them. If they give us the money, we’ll use the money for the interest of our people.
“They can’t repeat anything. They’ve shut their mouths. The level of development they’ve not seen before.
“I continue telling people that it’s wrong to say that it’s one person that did the project; it’s a lie.
“Right from the time of Peter Odili, Celestine Omehia and Rotimi Amaechi, that’s what the Federal Government is refunding.
“So anybody who comes to tell you it was one man’s project, it’s a lie. Nigeria is hoping for the PDP. APC has failed Nigerians. There’s nothing anybody can talk to again.
“This is no time for promises. You have promised, and you have failed and you want us to try you again? No. We’ve been attempting APC, and it has not worked, and now Nigerians have realized that it’s the same PDP that has the interests of the people at heart.
“You know there was a problem, and you begged the people to vote for you. Now that they’ve voted for you, yet you cannot solve the problem.”