While the Rivers State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, is not interested in the sordid and hilarious happenings within the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by it’s numerous factions and leaders, the APC is deeply worried that, once again, the coffers of Rivers State will be emptied by the governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike to host a national convention that is bound to be declared a ‘no show’ just like the one the PDP held on Saturday, 21st May, 2016 in Port Harcourt that came to nothing.
The APC is further worried that, as a lawyer, Gov. Nyesom Wike and other lawyers in the PDP are the ones shopping for all manner of conflicting court orders regarding their national convention. The sum total of their actions point to unfettered reign of impunity on August 17 and this is familiar territory for Gov. Nyesom Wike and his co-travellers. However, whenever the dust of the convention settles, the likelihood of the convention being declared a nullity looms.
However, the utmost concern to the APC is that the Rivers taxpayer is now made to bear the brunt of reviving the dying behemoth called PDP now lying in comatose in hospital and gasping for breath (apologies to former President Obasanjo).
Our worry heightens when we consider that PDP medical bills are humongous and Gov. Nyesom Wike has elected himself to offset the bills with the funds of Rivers people running into billions of Naira. Sadly, states like Akwa Ibom, Delta, Bayelsa, Cross River and others have always acted the wise boys because their governors know that their peoples’ money should not be wasted on frivolities of ill-fated jamborees while Gov. Wike of Rivers State believes that it is obligatory for the Rivers taxpayer to bear the brunt of his inordinate lust for power. But sadly, events within and around the PDP are not providing him the expected returns even as he fritters away scarce resources of the State. Signals coming from the PDP camps only point to a number of new denigrating lines one of which is ‘The Profligate Emperor of Port Harcourt who has turned courts in Rivers State into supermarkets where he simply walks in and obtains any court order he desires,’ (apologies to Ali Modu Sheriff).
“Nero Fiddled While Rome Burned”
The tragedy of it all is that while Gov. Nyesom Wike is busy masturbating his ego as the new PDP strongman set to take commanding control of his party, Rivers State is bleeding. While our governor is playing the PDP most wasteful spending governor, civil servants, RSHA legislative aides, medical workers, teachers and other workers in different sectors in the State are groaning and protesting several months of unpaid salaries and wages.
At this moment, 16 passengers kidnapped after their 16-seater commercial bus was hijacked at Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA) by gunmen and taken to an unknown destination in the forest are still missing. The gunmen were said to have abducted the Hummer bus and set the vehicle ablaze after taking the passengers hostage into a nearby jungle. Last week, as the governor was boasting how Rivers State was secure at the Guild of Editors conference, 3 mobile policemen and 2 others were being gunned down around Choba axis of Port Harcourt with many abducted by kidnappers.
The APC wishes to draw the attention of Gov. Nyesom Wike to the fact that Rivers State is not rich and there is no reason why the governor should give false impression to his party members and other Nigerians to the contrary. National conventions are very expensive business, the costs run into billions of Naira. The governor of Rivers State has the responsibility to provide effective governance for the people with the resources that belong to them and not to fritter billions of Naira belonging to Rivers people on the affairs of his party, the PDP.