Ahead of Saturday’s rerun elections into state assembly, house of reps and senate seats in Rivers State, Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi, has charged voters in the state to reject Peoples Democratic Party, PDP candidates at the polls as a way of shaming former President Goodluck Jonathan, his wife: Patience, and Governor Nyesom Wike.
The former Rivers Governor, who made this call on Tuesday at a town hall meeting in one of the communities where elections are scheduled to hold, accused the ex-President of imposing Nyesom Wike on the people and throwing APC members into detention.
His words, “We must stop Nyesom Wike and the only way we can stop him is to vote the APC in the House of Representatives, House of Assembly and Senate.
“I built a secondary school and it has been taken over by weeds. It is the punishment that former President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, in her bid to get money from me, did on us. They forced Wike on us without election. In their time, they threw APC members into detention, but is there any PDP member in detention now? That’s the difference between them and us.
“This is our opportunity to vote and put shame on them; we have to put shame on three persons: the first person is the former president, the second, is his wife and the third is Wike. The fourth is those who do not recognise the use of card reader, those who first said the magnitude of violence in Rivers was too heavy and moved the election tribunal to Abuja, but later came back to say there was no election, we leave them to God.”
As regards allegations of corruption against him, the immediate past Governor stated that he used the money, which Wike accused him of misappropriating, to develop the state, stressing that “The greatest happiness I have as the former governor of Rivers state is that any campaign, whether it is APC or PDP, they used my facilities.”
He continued: “I have watched Nyesom Wike’s campaign. If it is at a stadium it is the stadium that I built. If it is a primary school; that is the primary school I built. And he told me that he is looking for Rivers state money; did I use my teeth to build those facilities?
“Before I became a governor, there was no road in Afara community, and I gave you a road. There was no school, and I gave you a school; there was no electricity and I gave you light. Tell Nyesom Wike that if he is looking for the money, that is the money I used,” Amaechi stated.