‘I Will Show A Video Where Akpabio Said Buhari Should Come And Learn Governance From Me’ — Wike Blows Hot
Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, the governor of Rivers State, has slammed Senator Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, for accusing governors in the area of mismanaging the 13 percent derivation fund.
He said it was disingenuous for Akpabio, who behaves like a demi-god as Governor of Akwa Ibom State, to accuse incumbent governors of financial irresponsibility simply because they did not attend the inauguration of the Niger Delta Development Commission’s headquarters building in Port Harcourt on Thursday.
During the inauguration of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Secretariat Building, performed by the National President of TUC, Comrade Quadri Olaleye, on Friday in Ozuoba Town of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, the governor took a swing at the minister.
“We knew what Akpabio was up to when he was governor. In reality, he regarded himself as god at the time. He now has the audacity to mock the governors of the South South. We’ll get together one day. Why did he lose the Senate election if he did so well? Why did he lose the Senate election if his people love him? Is this a regular senate? And you’re going to come talk to us.”
Governor Wike accused the minister of funding militants who demanded that Niger Delta state governors pay for N55 billion in funds they got. He was perplexed as to how the minister arrived at the figure.
“You (Akpabio) went out and began supporting so-called militants, demanding that we pay for N55 billion. Where did the N55 billion come from? If we each received N55 billion, he would have received N200 trillion. People cannot be insulted.”
He clarified that the NDDC headquarters building’s inauguration was scheduled without consulting the region’s governors to see if the date was appropriate for them.
Senator Godswill Akpabio, according to the governor, lacks the morality to question what the governors did with the 13 percent derivation when he received more money as a governor because Nigeria’s economy was better at the time.
“I told him (Akpabio) that he should take less. Now that he’s going after South-South governors, we’ll tell him that as governor, he behaved like a king. Money was available at the time. When the exchange rate was N150 to a dollar, we were almost at N500 to a dollar today. Akpabio was wealthy, and he had the audacity to say, “Ask the governors of the South-South what they’re doing with 13 percent of their capital.”
Governor Wike said it was wrong for people to blame others for their failures because many people are aware of how inconsistent and sycophantic they must be to remain politically important.
“I’m not a sycophant,” she says. I’m not a sloppy guy, and I don’t give a damn. He can’t pretend to have seen me in his villa. So, if he wants to speak, he should stick to his state and not move into Rivers State again. He would regret meeting Rivers State if he does it again. People should be frank about their activities. I’ll show a video in which Akpabio says the President should come see what I’m doing here and learn from me. Soon, I’ll show a video.”
The minister defected to the All Progressives Congress, according to the governor, because he was afraid that the government would send the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after him.
“This is why Nigeria is unable to develop. Everyone is fleeing and when the EFCC comes, you escape to the other party, who then defends you. That is the political party, and that is the government, which is battling corruption. Akpabio is now happily driving about. He doesn’t take his blood pressure medication anymore.”
KELVIN EBIRI, Rivers State Governor’s Special Assistant (Media)
12th of March, 2021
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