Written by Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt
River State Governor Nyesom Wike has asked governors elected on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform to acknowledge their party’s failure in the country.
Wike said everything in particular security and the economy collapsed under the supervision of members of the Forum of Progressive Governors (PGF).
A statement signed by Wike’s special media aide Kelvin Ebiri said the governor spoke Wednesday when he led his Oyu counterpart, Oluseyi Makinde, to open the Woji and Obagi roads in GRA Phase 2, the Obio Akpor local government area.
Wike said it was ironic that APC governors continue to acknowledge the worsening of insecurity across the country without accepting their party’s failure.
Wike said the APC federal government has promised to offer better governance that will ensure the safety of life and property of all Nigerians.
But the governor said that almost everything in the country collapsed, adding that in a truly democratic environment, no one will be a proud member of the APC.
He said: “I hear the forum of progressive governors saying that there is insecurity. Who is responsible? They should go out openly and say that the party in power has failed. Nigerians have given the APC a mandate at the federal government level and must therefore acknowledge that Nigerians have failed.
“Everything in the country has collapsed. Security has collapsed. The economy has failed. He doesn’t do anything in the country. Today, there is insecurity everywhere in Nigeria.
“The other day they took about 400 in the state of Katsina. The next day they said that they took 84. Now they said again that they took the village head, his wife and 14 people in the state of Katsina.
“When there was a problem with the level of abduction in this country (Rijeka), I shouted, but no one listened to us. They said it was politics and that we were killing people from the APC. I said that when you introduce security policy, the consequences will be great.
“She is everywhere now. Until they come to apologize to Rivers that they are sorry for what they did to us, God will forgive them all. “
The governor said he did not disappoint the people of Rijeka, who gave him a mandate to improve the quality of life, infrastructure and guarantee the safety of life and property.
He said that he is not tired of serving the state, boasting that after his mandate, he will confidently walk the streets without the protection of personal security guards.
He said: “We are proud to be able to go out and tell the residents of Port Harcourt and Obio / Akpor Local Government that this is what the PDP has done for you with projects carried out in these two local governments.
“Also, we can go to other local governments and say, look, vote for us. If they ask us why you say we should vote for you, we will show the evidence. We will go to them very soon and we will be able to tell them, yes, we did, so by doing this, if you vote for us again, there is a possibility that we will do more. “
Wike has ordered business owners and other investors in the state to continue paying taxes to allow the government to provide better quality projects.
For his part, Makinde said that with evidence of Wike’s performance, it would be difficult to persuade people from Rijeka to leave the PDP for another party.
He said: “In fact, all righteous people like to identify with progress, regardless of their personal feelings towards the initiator. Development is a big part of our democracy and every project counts on the overall progress of the nation.
“We are blessed to be leaders at this point in Nigeria’s history, where political awareness seems to be reawakening, especially among young people.
“True, we have a unique privilege to dress up a new generation of people who will see management as a service. We have stayed too long for people to see the public coffers as an extension of their personal accounts.
“In the next round of elections in 2023, Nigerians will show that they have learned something from this year’s 2020 and that election decisions have consequences.”
For his part, State Commissioner for River Affairs Elloka Tasie-Amadi said they were twice; Woji Road and Obagi Road have been reconstructed to have 12 meters wide street lighting.
He said the reconstruction has changed the geometric parameters of the roads to offer shorter travel times, vehicle operating costs, less wear and tear and vehicle wear and increased economy.