It is becoming a ritual for the Rivers Governor to pummel perceived political opponents each time he schedules a program to commission projects he was elected to execute with money belonging to Rivers people.
I am worried about this trend of bitter political rivalry and chicanery capable of setting horrible precedence in the exalted office of the Governor.
Is it likely that nothing good could have come from his opponents simply because they do not belong to the same side? Or is there a possibility of all those under and with him doing perfectly well, without any errors?
Before ever there was an APC or PDP, there was Rivers State, a people bound by blood, culture, language or traditions. The continuous decimation of his fellow Rivers men and women in public fora, even when such are avoidable, has become Wike’s trademark and may erode whatever good legacies he may leave after his 8-year reign.
Much as I do not belong to the same political leanings as the Governor, despite our closeness in the past, I still was excited while driving through the famous Aba Road, seeing the new overhead bridges or Flyovers, adding to the aesthetic view of the state capital, not minding the heavy traffic on the road.
It is worrisome for the Governor to degrade those with whom he once walked the political road and may even realign with tomorrow.
While the Federal Government under President Buhari was busy breaking the jinx of the Train-7 of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, Wike could not hide his disdain for the Fulani man who dared to do what his South-South brother, Goodluck Jonathan, refused to do.
The Governor chose to dance naked at the market square at the Commissioning of his project, which can scarcely affect the economy positively.
The Train-7 is expected to inject about $10bn into the economy while providing over 50,000 jobs for mainly Rivers people. Yet, Wike, who relishes in taunting others for nonperformance in his understanding, was absent at the event. While Wike was a Minister when Jonathan refused to inaugurate the Bonny Train-7 except the one in his home state, Brass-7 was established.
His recent jab at Ambassador Oji Ngofa over what he perceived as the latter’s inability to attract projects to the state is not only hypocritical but comical as the Governor with a background in Law ought to distinguish between an Executive and Ambassadorial position.
It’s not a campaign year, so the Governor should focus on Governance, as posterity is there to judge everyone!
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