A founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has stated that there was no comparison between the immediate past and the present Governors of oil rich Rivers state and that he thinks the immediate past Governor now Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is very different and better than the present Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.
Reacting to a statement credited to Gov. Wike that he showed more commitment to the development of Rivers State when he served as Minister under former President Goodluck Jonathan, compare with that of Rt. Hon. Amaechi, as Minister under President Muhammadu Buhari and an allegation that when Rt. Hon. Amaechi held sway as Governor, he allegedly failed to account for the proceeds from the sale of Dash 8 aircraft, Eze said the statement and allegation are laughable and very far from the truth, pointing out that the things Amaechi has so far done for the state, no one else has done them.
” The Governor’s allegation that Amaechi sold a Dash 8 aircraft purchased by former Governor, Dr. Peter Odili administration, to the Government of Cross River at the cost of $6million, but failed to account for the proceeds of the transaction is utterly misguided and unfortunate, coming from a man who was an Aide and a key player in Amaechi’s government”.
“Wike is feigning ignorance of the facts of the matter in a bid to justify his unending malicious schemes and satanic artifices against his benefactor Amaechi”.
“Putting the records straight, it beats one’s imagination to learn that Wike appears to have forgotten that Amaechi sold the Dash 8 Aircraft purchased by Dr. Odili to complete funds to acquire the Bombardier local man which he (Wike) has been using since 2015”.
“The Governor should leave Amaechi for once and focus a bit on governance and strive to receive sense to address the myriad of challenges facing the State”.
“Trying to compare himself with Amaechi is a dream far from reality”.
“Let me once again bring to the public some of the projects that Amaechi have influenced to Rivers State which I know that Wike will gloss over and continue shamelessly to parade himself as the Governor of Rivers State contrary to his threat to resign if Amaechi can name a single project he has attracted to the State.”
“The projects attracted to Rivers State by Amaechi include;
One, the fact still remains that Amaechi pushed for the construction of the 39km Bonny Bodo road and it’s two creek bridges including the bridge over Opobo channel at a whopping sum of 120 billion naira. This gigantic bridge is comparable only to the 2nd Niger bridge project”.
“Two, the Port Harcourt International Airport that was described as one of the worst Airports in the entire world which renovation was frustrated by the PDP Government when Wike was a Minister stands today as one of the best Airports under Amaechi as substantive Minister of Transportation”.
Three, the Soku Oil well supported by Wike to be ceded to Bayelsa has been returned to Rivers State”.
Four, the Ogoni Cleanup exercise which was described as impossible by the PDP administration where Wike served as junior Minister is currently in progress”.
“Five, with the influence of Amaechi, the East West Road abandoned by the PDP administration is currently ongoing and will soon be completed”.
Six, under Amaechi as the best Minister of the decade, Cargo ships now berth in Onne Port, thereby increasing economic activities in the state, shoring up the state’s revenue and creating more employment for Rivers people. This clearly shows Amaechi is not resting on his oars”.
“Seven, the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri rail line which is being negotiated shows Amaechi is bringing development home”.
” Eight, the Calabar through Port Harcourt to Lagos rail line will soon commence”.
” Nine, Amaechi as the Minister of Transposition influenced the setting up of the Maritime University in Oron, where many Rivers sons and daughters are already employed and engaged”.
Ten, he Influenced the setting up of the Naval Intelligence and Logistics College at Ubima”.
” Eleven, Bonny and Warri deep sea ports have been approved”.
“Twelve, the Ajaojuta- Itakpe- Warri rail line covering about 320km and cutting across the entire Niger Delta was commissioned in 2020, with hundreds of Rivers State sons and daughters employed. Both the Delta, Edo Governors including the President were full of praises for the tenacity and administrative prowess of Amaechi in achieving the feat”.
” Thirteen, Amaechi as Transportation Minister has dredged the channels and today the Port Harcourt port is alive. Maerks shipping can confirm that cargo landing at PH has increased by 50%. If Wike has eyes he should have seen that trucks queuing for containers are now stretching to the Rivers State Govt House”.
“Fourteen, Amaechi has influenced human capital development through appointment and employment of hundreds of Rivers State sons and daughters into various Federal Establishments though Wike never believe in human capital development so this to him is not an attractive project”.
“Fifteen, Amaechi in collaboration with the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, President Buhari and others influenced the ongoing rehabilitation of the moribund Port Harcourt Refinery which Wike in conjunction with others abandoned during their inglorious regime”.
” Sixteen, seventeen and eighteen, almost six years after Amaechi left Rivers State as governor, he is still vomiting money for the state, by facilitating the refund of N79 billion to Rivers State from federal projects executed by Amaechi and Peter Odili’s administrations, the release of $400 million for work in Ogoni under the clean up exercise, among others including the flyovers, roads and other projects that Wike may have used the largesse which Amaechi saved and resent to Rivers State”.
With the listing of over 17 federal projects that Amaechi brought to Rivers as Minister one expects Wike as a matter of urgency to address the public and put in his resignation letter if he still had any integrity. With this I give Wike 2 weeks to resign or face editorial series on his lies and political dishonesty that will explode in his face”, Eze stated.
Eze said Wike is one Governor who has failed in all indexes of performance and thus, he knows nothing about development and related terms in government.