The Rivers Progressive Council has called on Governor Nyesom Wike to stop ranting and face the real business of governance.
The civil society organisation advised Governor Wike to find other ways of proving his popularity among Riverians rather than resorting to what they termed ‘utterances that amount to ranting that add no value to the state.’
The group said Wike’s recent incendiary comments following the general elections, particularly against the Army as unbecoming of a leader.
President of the CSO, Tony Chris, in a statement while reacting to the recent war of words between Wike and the Army over the latter’s claim of oil bunkering by the General Officer Commanding 6 Division of the Nigerian Army said this was the most unlikely slide of a state governor.
The group in the statement said “Wike’s cantankerous behaviour on his part made it impossible for Rivers people to productively and effectively review his dismal first term in office while setting agenda for his second term” and that is assuming the Election Petition Tribunal and the judiciary as a whole allow him to cling unto what they called “the stolen mandate”.
The group therefore urged the Army not to be distracted by Wike’s remarks.
“We have news for the governor. Irrespective of his heating up the polity in Rivers state, we shall continue to fine-tune modalities for holding him to account, even more so in his second term, for which his mandate remains contentious.
“At no time shall we allow his resort to verbally abusing others scare us from performing the sacred duty we owe to ourselves individually as leaders in our communities to hold those in position of authority to account”, the statement said.