Wike Releases N400m For Resettlement Of Ekporo Community

 

The Rivers State Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike, CON has released the sum of N400 million for members of the Ekporo community in Eleme Local Government to rebuild the Ekporo community and compensate families who were fatally affected by the inter-communal clashes eight years ago.

Governor Wike said that the money is for the development and resettlement of the Ekporo people who have suffered as refugees in other communities as their own community was rendered uninhabitable.

Speaking to Elders and Stakeholders of Eleme community during a meeting today in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Tammy Danagogo noted that it is the desire of the NEW administration to ensure that communities remain peaceful and enjoy the infrastructural prosperity of the state.

He said that Government will continue to foster inter-communal coexistence and peace in order to build a safe and secure state for all.

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“It is unfortunate that members of the Ekporo community were sacked from their community for about 8 years now as a result of the inter-communal wars”.
“We expect you to work with the Government on beneficial plans to utilize this funds in terms of primary infrastructure and resettlement of the people back into their community”, he said.

He urged indigenes of the state to continue to toe the line of peace as conflict and war will only brew devastation and under-development.

In his remarks, the former Senator representing Rivers South-East, Senator Olaka Nwogu, thanked the Governor for his magnanimity, and for remembering to resettle the people of Ekporo back into their community.

“It is with profound gratitude we are here to thank His Excellency for what he has done. It is historic and important because it touches each and every one of us that it is in our time, we lost one of our most vibrant communities, and also in our time that this community is being recovered. The entire people of Eleme are grateful”, he said.

The King of Eleme, His Majesty King (Dr) Philip Osaro Obele, Oneh-eh Eleme XI, affirmed that what the Governor has done is very historic because the people of Ekporo can be peacefully settled back into their homes after years of living as refugees.

“We lost one of our communities for over seven years and today we are bringing back that community. Members of the Ekporo community have been refugees in other areas despite the situation that there is no war now. What has happened today is very historic.

“I use the opportunity to congratulate the Eleme political class that you have added another cap to your feathers as you did not allow one of your communities to be extinct for life.

The Meeting was also attended by the State House of Assembly member representing Eleme Constituency, Hon. Igwe Aforji, the former Commissioner of Culture, Mr. Marcus Nle-Ejii, a Former Eleme LGA Chairman Chief Ejoor N. Ejoor; the Paramount Ruler of Ekporo, His Royal Highness, Emere Samuel Obe, and other stakeholders.

Be Courageous To Handover Power In 2023, Wike Tells APC

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says Nigerians are earnestly waiting for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to take over power at the federal level in order to enshrine good governance.

Governor Wike made the assertion at the inauguration of the 11.53 kilometers Agbonchai-Afam road, connecting Eleme and Oyigbo Local Government Areas, and performed by the former Senate Majority leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume on Wednesday.

The governor said Nigerians have increased their yearnings for good governance, improved economy, and developmental projects that PDP has continued to provide in the states that it controls.

He stated that the hope of Nigeria depends on the Peoples Democratic Party.
“Eleme people, I want to sincerely thank you for the support that you’ve given to me and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Do not relent. Continue because the hope of this country depends on PDP.

He declared that the PDP is working in Rivers State and in other states that are controlled by PDP. He urged Senator Ndume and the APC to respect the wishes of Nigerians who are determined to return the PDP to power in 2023 to provide the dividends of democracy.

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“To our special Guest of Honour (Ndume), he should not be angry because we are taking over from them. When they came, we didn’t fight, they took over. Now, that Nigerians have decided to change them, let them also handover to us as quickly as possible without any fight.”

The governor said he is satisfied to have fulfilled the campaign promise he made to Eleme people that he will reconstruct the once deplorable Eleme-Afam road. He said the completed road now serves as an alternative route to neighbouring states.

Governor Wike, also stated that his administration has completely rebuilt the Government Secondary School in Onne Town with the one in Eteo reaching the finishing level.

“Today, we are in Eleme commissioning Agbonchia (in Eleme)-Afam in Oyigbo Local Government Road. This road traverses two Local Government Areas. Nobody will say that we have not come to Rivers East Senatorial District to do anything.

“As I speak to you now, by the end of this month, we are coming back to Alesa Secondary School and Ascension High School. Those schools will be rebuilt completely.

“And because you gave me a good, reliable and trusted person who is my Commissioner of Finance, there is this other road here that needs attention, I will reconstruct it.”

Meanwhile, former Senate majority leader, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, who inaugurated the 11.53 kilometers long Eleme-Afam Road said he felt truly humbled to perform the task and be part of what Governor Wike is doing in his state.

Senator Ndume described governor Wike as a true nationalist who is an important voice in national affairs across parties, and always stands out as one who speaks the truth to power courageously.

“Governor Wike is my very good friend, a trusted leader, a very honest person. One thing we have in common is that, as a leader, you must stand out and speak the truth even if you’re alone and Wike is known for that.

“There is new hope for the state and he is Wike. Now, Rivers is not only becoming a Garden City again but it is becoming a Golden City. May God continue to give you (Wike) the strength.

“And from today, know that you’re a leader in this country. If you’re not a friend and a nationalist, I will not be here, Fayemi will not be here and many other APC Governors.

“You’re one of the true Nigerians that I ever know. And if we have people like you that speak the truth to power, Nigeria would have been better off for all of us.”
Speaking further, Senator Ndume commended Governor Wike for his feat in the fight against insecurity in Rivers State that has given the people the liberty to come out to participate in such an event without fear.

“You don’t know what you have until you lose it. What you’re doing here, we will never try it in Borno State. You can’t invite people like this and everybody, comfortably, listening to somebody speaking without looking around. So, we have to thank God.

“Honestly, let me say here that Nigeria is lucky to have not only Rivers State but Rivers people. South-South, particularly the Rivers people are the great people of Nigeria. What you’re giving to this country; if Rivers is not there, Nigeria will not be there.”

Rivers State Commissioner of Works, Elloka Tasie-Amadi, said prior to this time the road was a nightmare replete with all the negatives that derive from such a situation. But, today it is something that brings joy and with it, the obvious tangible and psychological benefits that come with any good transportation access to any location or locality.

“This is an 11.53km long road project, 8.5m wide with 7km of drainage. It connects Eleme in Eleme LGA to Afam in Oyigbo LGA, a very good and useful road in the movement of farm produce and pursuit of local trade.”

Wike Says 2021 Development Agenda Will Address Citizens Wellbeing

File: Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, addressing residents in a state-wide broadcast.

 

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has pledged the resolve of his administration to create a more robust business environment that will stimulate economic growth, empowerment and create tangible jobs for Rivers people in 2021.

In his new year broadcast to Rivers people, Governor Wike said having laid the development foundation for the state, efforts shall be concerted in 2021 in building Rivers State into the desired dream.

According to the governor, his administration’s agenda for the State has been clear from the beginning, with a pragmatic approach adopted in addressing the critical concerns of the people.

Such concerns, he said, had included the sustenance of peace and security, education, affordable healthcare, fixing the infrastructural deficit and driving better economic growth, and social progress for the State.

“Today, we express our gratitude to God and our people not only for the opportunity to serve but also for the achievements we have recorded, which now forms the foundations for our drive towards greater levels of development, economic growth, better life, and secured future for our people.

“But, we also concede to the fact that there’s much more to be done to realize the Rivers State of our dreams: a progressive State with fabulous infrastructures, quality education, affordable healthcare, and boundless economic opportunities for all who live in it.

“We will therefore continue in 2021 to focus on the fundamental task of creating a new Rivers State through prudent, efficient, and transparent management of available resources.

“Essentially, we shall continue to upgrade and expand educational infrastructure and services across all levels of the education system.

“There is no better guarantee for the future progress of our State and the nation than to ensure that every child has the realistic access to the transformational light of education and skills acquisition.

“We shall also continue to prioritize healthcare delivery and ensure that everyone has access to affordable primary, secondary, and tertiary healthcare services.”

The governor noted that 2020 was a challenging year, made worse by a mismanaged national economy in recession, coronavirus pandemic, escalated insecurity, corruption, and socio-political tensions.

He said these made life horrible for millions of struggling families and ordinary Nigerians in the face of dwindling revenues, rising inflation, poverty, and unemployment.

Nevertheless, he said the state reasonably advanced her development agenda and efforts at building a financially responsible and socially equitable State.

“Accordingly, 2020 also proved to be a very busy and eventful year for our State, especially in project execution and delivery of social services to our people.

“As customary, we initiated and completed a record number of development projects with tremendous socioeconomic impact while several others, including the multi-billion Naira flyovers, received reasonable funding and construction attention in 2020.”

Governor Wike also announced the line up of some completed projects billed for inauguration beginning from the 4th of January 2021, which include the Mother and Child hospital, the Real Madrid Academy new buildings, and the Okoro-Nu-Odo flyover.

Others, according to him, are the Sakpewa – Bori dual carriageway, the Abonnema ring road, the 10-kilometer Bolo internal roads, and the Eteo – Sime – Nowan – Kira.

“We also wish to restate our commitment to recruiting 5000 youths into the State’s public service in 2021 to reduce the unemployment rate and give the beneficiaries a new ease of life.”

The governor noted that there is a second wave of the Coronavirus experienced in the state and issued a warning to those who continue to disregard adherence to COVID-19 protocols of the danger they cause other law-abiding residents.

“It is necessary to remind everyone of our responsibility to adhere strictly to the existing protocols on compulsory wearing of face masks, maintenance of social distancing, avoiding large gatherings and the regular use of hand sanitizers so that we can reasonably prevent the rate of transmission and avoid needless deaths from the disease.

The governor expressed the government’s dismay with the continuing flouting of the ban on trading, the creation of illegal motor parks, taxi ranks, and mechanic workplaces as well as the erection of illegal kiosks along the streets and other public spaces.

“Apart from constituting a public nuisance, these activities and structures obstruct traffic flow and pose serious threats to public safety and security to the extent no responsible government can tolerate.

“With the grace period over, therefore, we have no other option than to order immediate clampdown and put a final stop to these illegal operations from the 4th of January 2021.”

Rivers State Is Attracting More Investors – Wike

 

 

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says more companies are relocating to the state because of the attractive investment climate.

He told journalists after an inspection tour of on-going projects in the state that a deliberate implementation of strategic policies has brought the investments.

The governor stated that the improvement in the State’s security architecture with the help of security agencies and the provision of critical infrastructure are responsible for the turnaround.

He also reiterated the resolve of his administration to return Port Harcourt to its garden city status.

” I can tell you now that more companies are coming into the state. The security has also improved so much with the help of security agencies and people feel safer to invest in the state.

“I am also resolved to leave Port Harcourt far better than what I met on ground. Every body can see that it is not easy, considering the present economic situation in the country.

“To sustain the execution of infrastructural development projects and also fight COVID-19 when most of my colleagues are complaining of paucity of funds shows political will and strategic leadership.

“People are wondering how we are doing it . But we determined not to disappoint our people and they will be happy when I have served out my tenure that they had a governor that really came to serve,” he said.

The governor also announced that the contract for the expansion of Rumuola flyover project has been signed.

He said work would soon begin on that flyover and the dualisation of Ezimbu Link Road popularly called Mummy B Road and the Tombia Extension Road.

Governor Wike stated that the urban renewal programme of his administration is achieving its purpose particularly with the commitment shown by the contractors handling the three flyovers at Rebisi, Rumuogba and Okoro nu Odo.

” We are impressed at the pace of work the contractors have maintained. We are happy that we are fulfilling the promises made to the people. There are road projects in other areas like old GRA and new GRA and we cannot but say we are overwhelmed with the level of commitment they have shown.

“That is what we have promised that whether there is COVID-19 or not, we will continue to do the work they expect us to do. This is so, because at the end of the day the virus will go and the people will be here. It is necessary for infrastructure to be put in place.

“As long as we continue to fight and tackle the pandemic, we are also resolved not to abandon any project,” he added.

The projects inspected include, Olumeni Road in Old GRA, Rebisi flyover, Woji Road and Elelenwo Street both in the new GRA.

We Locked Down Obio/Akpor And Port Harcourt To Protect Rivers, Says Wike

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the lockdown of Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas was not targeted at suffering the people, but aimed at protecting Rivers people from coronavirus.

Speaking during a live phone-in programme on Rhythm FM Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Governor Wike said all measures put in place by his administration have been to check the spread of coronavirus.

He said: “We have to lockdown Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas in the interest of our people. While individuals feel it, the State Government is also affected because it loses revenue. But lives must be protected.”

Governor Wike urged Rivers people to continue to pray for the success of the State Government at this crucial time.

He said: “We need continuous prayers to succeed. We have handed this state to God. We can only do much, but God will save our people. “

Governor Wike said the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that agriculture and health are key. He said the State Government will work towards further growth in that direction.

“Agriculture is key. We must support our farmers and Fishermen to produce more,” he said.

The Governor said: “Everyone should support the State Government to tackle COVID-19. This is not a period of criticism.

“This is a period where all of us must come together, irrespective of political parties to stop the spread of the virus.

“I thank Rivers people for their support. It has been amazing. I am not moved by the unfounded criticism of a few. I am concerned about the protection of the vast majority of Rivers people, because I have their mandate.”

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Governor Wike urged churches to fellowship online and pray for the State within the period. He said that basically, the State Government is taking precautionary measures to protect Rivers people.

He advised Rivers people to make sacrifices at this period. He said food can never be enough, but the State Government will sustain its delivery of Palliatives.

While commending the State Palliatives Committee, Governor Wike said more foodstuffs will be distributed to Port Harcourt, Obio/Akpor and the other local government areas.

Responding to a question, Governor Wike said that the Federal Government is yet to disburse any fund to the Rivers State Government in relation to the fight against coronavirus.

He said that the State Government rejected the 1800 bags of rice supplied because they have since expired.

On when the lockdown will be lifted, Governor Wike said the State Security Council will regularly meet to review the situation and take a decision.

He said that in order to check the sabotage of the lockdown, his administration has employed 300 operatives to assist in the enforcement of the lockdown.

The Governor reiterated that his administration has remained committed to supporting Federal Government Agencies with finance and logistics. He blamed the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital management for playing unnecessary politics at this critical time.

Responding to a question by a caller, Governor Wike said that there was no conflict with Shell Petroleum Development Company. He said he is always in communication with the Managing Director of Shell .

Commenting on those allowed to move during the lockdown, he said that those on essential duties must carry their identification and must be on duty.

He said that the State Government is just getting its laboratory, because it takes the involvement of the Federal Government for the machines to be acquired.

He said that his administration will not allow the influx of people into the State.

Governor Wike said there is no reason to play politics with the pandemic, because it is not a respecter of persons.

He pointed out that in Bayelsa State , Timipre Sylva who promoted the candidacy of APC’s David Lyon, attracted a Hospital of Infectious diseases to his state.

“Timipre brought Lyon, who won an election, but was sacked by the Supreme Court. But Sylva went ahead to attract a specialist hospital to Bayelsa despite political differences.

“This pandemic has nothing to do with whether or not you supported President Buhari . Politics should be set aside. Knowing that our economy is dependent on oil, Rivers State be the first place for intervention.

“My first priority is to protect the lives of Rivers people. We haven’t locked down the towns before. This is not for anyone to suffer. I am appealing to our people to bear. If we don’t do anything now, our people will suffer.

“The population of Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas is high. If it hits us, we will have serious problems. The action is to help our people,” he said.

The Governor added that when the state starts mass testing, the number of those who will text positive will be high.

He emphasised that the Rivers State has not received any assistance from the Federal Government in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Governor reminded Rivers people that coronavirus spiked because the Federal Government failed to close the border and airspace on time.

He recalled that even Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said that the late Border and airspace Closure was the responsible to the explosion of Coronavirus.

He said: “We are taking a proactive measure. We set up border Closure, but we have been sabotaged by security agencies “.

He said that no Government will take tough measures without considering the welfare of the people.

Governor Wike said that the phone-in programme was an opportunity to interact with Rivers people who gave him the mandate to protect them.

He said that the entire world is affected by the pandemic, hence the need to be proactive at all times.

Don’t Be Intimidated By Other Arms Of Government, Wike Tells Judiciary

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on the Judiciary to always dispense justice according to the law, pointing out that the judiciary must not allow itself to be intimidated by other arms of government.

This is according to a statement by the governor’s special media aide, Simeon Nwakaudu.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, on Thursday at the Government House in Port Harcourt, Governor Wike noted that the Judiciary remains vital to the sustenance of democracy.

He said, “You are the ones to decide what is right or wrong. Never allow anyone to intimidate you. The moment you take the oath of office, dispense justice according to the law.

“People are afraid to dispense justice because of intimidation. In some cases, they use the EFCC to intimidate judges. Whether or not you do your work, they will come after you. Without the Judiciary, there will be no democracy “.

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Governor Wike said that the Executive and Legislative Arms of Government are far more corrupt than the Judiciary, but they are the arms that criticise the Judiciary all the time.

“The most corrupt arms of Government are the Executive and Legislative Arms. When they say that the Judiciary is corrupt, I laugh. The pressure on the Judiciary is from the Executive and Legislative Arms. The people who initiate the process are the ones who are corrupt “, he said.

Governor Wike regretted that the judges have allowed themselves to be boxed to a corner by the Executive and the Legislative Arms, each time they fail to rise up to the occasion.

He said, “The Judiciary must stand up to say that enough is enough. If you don’t stand up, then this democracy is in danger.”

The Governor said as a result of ‘calculated intimidation’, the Judiciary is afraid to relate with state governments to get the support that will enhance the administration of justice.

He noted that all security agencies, especially the military, and the Police regularly demand and get regular financial and logistics support from state governments, but people the Judiciary from doing the same.

“The military and police and other security agencies come here regularly to collect financial support. If I tell you what the Rivers State Government spends on the security agencies, you will be shocked.

“State Governments must support the administration of justice,” he said.

Speaking further, the Rivers State Governor called on the President Court of Appeal to increase the number of judges in the Port Harcourt Division because it is second only to the Lagos Division in terms of volume of cases.

He congratulated the retiring President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, for attaining the retirement age.

Governor Wike also commended her for the contributions she has made to the growth of the Court.

Earlier, Justice Bulkachuwa said she was in Rivers State as part of the process for her to bow out of the Court, having reached the retirement age of 70 years.

She commended the Rivers State Governor for the upgrade and remodeling of befitting accommodation for Court of Appeal Justices of the Port Harcourt Division.

Rivers APC Reacts To Governor Wike’s Comments

Rivers APC Remembers Late Victims Of 2015 ElectionsThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state has reacted to comments credited to the governor of rivers state over security details given to APC candidates, as well as other comments made by the governor in the past two weeks.

In a statement signed by the Chairman of the party in the state, Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, titled: “Why is Governor Wike hysterical over APC candidates’, it said the conduct of the governor makes people wonder if he understands the office of a governor.

It wondered why the governor who had been labelled the king of rigging by some persons, will be raising unfounded accusations against all and sundry over plans to rig the rerun elections.

The statement went on to state that the governor has sinister motives for wanting to know the security architecture of opponents and based on his utterances in the past two weeks, should be checked by all relevant agencies.

The party also condemned what it called the cheap blackmail of its candidates and members by the governor and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the run up to the polls.

The statement read:

“Despite the decision to ignore the barrage of worthless statements by Governor Nyesom Wike in the past weeks concerning the December 10 rerun election in Rivers state, the state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) however, has observed that the governor seems to have particularly taken interest in scrutinising precautionary personal security arrangements by APC candidates as the rerun elections approach.

“To drive home his needless hysteria, Governor Wike has gone to town reeling out names of alleged security agents protecting APC candidates, claiming that the security agents will be used to cause electoral mischief particularly for snatching of ballot boxes.

“The governor’s verbal incontinence in the past two weeks has led to several people wondering aloud publicly, whether the governor truly understands what the office of a governor in Nigeria means.

“The APC finds this matter quite worrisome because ordinarily the governor should not be bothered by security arrangements people make for themselves in the face of general insecurity that presently pervades our once peaceful state now under his watch.

“It is all too well known that he lacks the moral grounds to genuinely fight insecurity, having caused it ab initio. It is highly suspicious that a governor will climb a political soapbox and start reeling out names of security agents attached to his political opponents.

“The easiest thing that comes to mind is that Governor Wike has very sinister motives for seeking to always ascertain the security architecture around his opponents. Why does he always complain whenever it appears that his opponents are not as vulnerable as he would want them to be security-wise?

“The APC gave up on Governor Wike when he recently declared before the world in one of his infamous exercise of verbal indiscretion that he is the “the king of rigging” and swearing: “make thunder fire all these APC people.”

They went further to say, “even if we are no more shocked by Governor Wike’s circus show, we only ask what manner of governor is this. How did we get here?, the party questioned.

“A couple of days ago, Governor Wike boasted about a recording in his possession in which the Rivers state police commissioner was planning with APC to rig the rerun elections. Today, he said that he also has information on the inspector-general of police planning how to deploy policemen to rig the elections.

“Tomorrow, we do not know the next scoop the governor will boast of, as a superman of politics and everything.

“The APC condemns the continued blackmail of all stakeholders except himself and PDP in the forthcoming rerun elections. We remind Gov. Wike that immunity in public office has expiry date.

“The DSS DG recently disclosed that the service will surely come for Gov. Wike whenever he leaves office for obstructing the lawful action of arresting and investigating a suspected high court judge. It is certain that there are many issues he will have to be made to account for someday.

“The APC calls on the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General, DSS and other security agencies to hold Governor Nyesom Wike responsible for any harm that happens to any APC candidate or member before, during and after the December 10 rerun elections,” the statement read.

Wike had berated the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC ), for allegedly releasing an All Progressives Congress (APC), dominated list of ad-hoc staff, for the December 10 rerun elections.

According to him, INEC had included APC Ward Chairmen and Ward Secretaries as Assistant Presiding Officers (APO’s).

Rivers Elders Council Seeks Withdrawal Of Wike As PDP Candidate

Nyesom-WikeThe Elders and Leaders council in Rivers State has issued a seven-day ultimatum to the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to withdraw its governorship candidate, Mr Nyesom Wike, from the governorship race in Rivers State.

The chairman of the group and the former Chairman of Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission, (OMPADEC) now (NDDC), Mr Albert Horsfall, on Thursday requested that President Jonathan should advise Mr Wike to step down on or before January 5 in his own interest and that of others.

He said it became necessary that the PDP and the President should take the step in order to avoid losing the governorship election in the state and warned that the people would vote for only political parties that presented riverine candidates as their governorship flag bearer should Wike fail to withdraw.

The group head further stressed that the people of the state would not be bought over with money or be intimidated into succumbing to injustice and slavery for the next 50 years, as a result of the failure of the state PDP to embrace zoning of the governorship position in the state.

He also highlighted other issues that should be addressed.

They are the ongoing reconciliation between Mr Wike and other governorship aspirants and injustice that could enslave the riverine people for the next 50 years.

The riverine communities have pledged to close ranks and vote massively for the next ‘big’ party that presented a riverine candidate.

The elders and leaders are from all the 23 local government areas in Rivers State.

The problem of PDP in Rivers State had started when the sitting governor, Chibuike Amaechi, was suspended and his defection that followed which brought the emergence of the All Progressives Congress in the state.

January 5 is a few days away. Would the former supervising minister education give up his ambition?  Is it possible that president Jonathan would intervene in the case to urge the former minister to step down? Those are the questions that are waiting to be answered until the January 5 deadline.

Rivers Crisis Is About Positioning For 2015 – Wike

The Minister of State for Education, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, has explained that the political crisis rocking Rivers state is all about positioning ahead for the forthcoming elections in 2015 in the state.

Mr Wike made this admission with Modele Sharafa-Yusuf on Channels TV’s View From The Top, where he added that the crisis is further aggravated by the press who he claims are profiting from it.

He however hinted that change is very difficult to accept referring to the controversy over the new leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state as ordered by a federal High Court in Abuja.

The Minister also inferred that he is good terms to the Governor of Rivers state.

When asked if he is being used by the President against the Governor of Rivers state, the Minister replied that it is insulting to make such a claim.

On why he is the most controversial Rivers state politician in Abuja, he likened the political rivalry in the oil rich state to football rivalry between Messi and Ronaldo.

He stated that the crisis has nothing to do with him and that the media is just using his name to sell their paper.

He also affirmed his support for the Felix Obuah led PDP in Rivers state.