Chieftain of All Progressives Congress(APC), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has hit back at Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike over his recent comments on the APC led federal government.
The party chief said in a statement made available to media Houses in Port Harcourt that the governor was irresponsible to have made untoward comments and unfounded criticism against the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari.
Gov. Wike while commissioning a renovated public school, Community School, Eteo, in Eleme Local Government Area of the state had accused the APC led Federal government of carefully abandoning the East-West Road, Port Harcourt and Onne Ports etc to deprive Rivers people the opportunities that accompany the optimal performance of the ports.
The governor said, “They are taking us for granted because we have nobody. God in his infinite mercy will give us somebody. The kind of treatment we are receiving from this federal government is unacceptable.
” I urge the federal government under the APC to please fulfill promises they made to Nigerians, fulfill promises they made to Rivers people”.
Speaking further, the governor accused the Transportation Minister, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi of doing nothing to ensure the optimal functionality of the Port Harcourt and Onne Ports for the good of Rivers people.
But, Eze described Wike’s claim as baseless and untrue, saying no reasonable and honest governor could accuse the federal government of doing nothing in the state.
He also said such assertion cannot be corroborated and in fact, has been impeached by the weight of available evidence against it, adding that the Governor was just feigning ignorance and being dishonest.
“Nothing can be more inept and clueless than a noisy Governor with a severe sensory epilepsy whose crass laziness in the business of government has thrown Rivers fifty (50) years aback within the space of six (6) years”, he stated.
Eze reminded the Governor that “the Train 7 project which former President Goodluck Jonathan, the so called PH boy, under whose administration he served as a Junior Minister, frustrated, has been flagged off by the very much hated Fulani man”.
The Train 7 project, Eze said guarantees $10Bn fresh injection of investment into the economy and will take 52,000 job seekers off the labour market.
He further said, “Gov. Wike, as Minister was a member of the satanic clique that stocked the project in limbo and denied Niger Deltans the plentiful opportunities it holds. On the contrary, Rt. Hon. Amaechi, as cabinet member insisted that the necessary mechanisms for its reopening is put in place for the good of all. And to the glory of God and pride of all, the groundbreaking ceremony for its commencement has been done”.
Continuing he said, “One would have loved to see a reasonable Governor, show excitement over the feat, but on the deal day, Wike preferred to go for street commissioning”.
“He could not be excited that $10Bn investment has landed into Rivers State, that 52,000 jobs are on the way, that the size of the state workforce is about to be doubled or even tripled”, he added.
Eze highlighted that when Amaechi was Governor, he always said that the then MD of NLNG came to him as Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum and pleaded with him to beg President Jonathan to allow Train 7 to come to fruition.
He stated that Amaechi said he was shocked how the then President who was that time his ally told him no way, Brass NLNG first.
“At last, neither Brass nor Train 7 made it. Plus many other deprivations. This one stands out”, he noted.
He pointed out that the accurate account of the CEO of NLNG Bonny adds credence to the position above since he had first hand knowledge of what transpired at that time”.
“It was obvious that GEJ and his petroleum Minister, Diezani, had decided that there would be no NLNG Train 7 if investors wouldn’t invest and get Brass LNG off the ground. The NLNG Board led by Chief Dr. Long-John felt a political solution was necessary at that point because all obligations had been met by all stakeholders”.
“There was no reason for withholding the presidential nod for the project”.
“The Chief decided to fall back on his very cordial relationship with Amaechi (Governor of Rivers State & NLNG landlord) to ask the latter to intervene. Amaechi gladly obliged them”.
“They got to Diezani then the Minister of Petroleum first and she wasn’t clear with her response but rather asked them to see the C-in-C himself. At that point, they sensed all wasn’t well”.
“Amaechi led Chief Long-John and his Board to President Jonathan on a fine afternoon. In the end, President Jonathan opened up to Amaechi in a jocular fashion laughing. “Amaechi, let those investors help invest in Brass NLG first.”
“That line by Jonathan ended the meeting. Everyone went home. NLNG Train 7 got thrown under the bus until now president Buhari just breathed life back into that project that will create 12,000 direct jobs and over 40,000 indirect jobs. God is still in charge of the affairs of men”, Eze narrated.