Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, member of APC Legacy Projects Media Team and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has faulted claims by Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike that his predecessor, benefactor and former Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, is a failure.
The Governor who made the claim during the inauguration of the reconstructed former Riv-Bank Insurance building in Port Harcourt on Monday knocked the presidential aspirant stressing that a man who failed to attract projects to his state and had exhibited poor leadership within his party -the APC, should hide his face in shame and desist from talking about Rivers politics.
Wike was further quoted as saying that:-
“We have taken all your people. Nobody is at your party again. Why not manage and stay quiet; because of your poor leadership?
“Amaechi the former Minister is a total failure as far as Rivers State is concerned as he was unable to attract any meaningful project to the state in seven years while he served as a minister. Even what is supposed to come to us you blocked it. Do you think you will not finish as a minister? You have left, I hear he can’t even enter the villa again”
Wike’s sustained bitter railing and condemnation was in reaction to comments by the former Minister that the Rivers State government ought to have given a state burial to late Chief Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas, an elder statesman and former Minister of Petroleum Resources, who was laid to rest last Saturday.
The body of Late Elder Alabo Graham Douglas, the only Nigerian that was a four-time federal minister, was on Saturday lowered to mother earth at his hometown, Abonnema in Akuku Toru Local Government Area.
Amaechi, who attended the funeral wondered why the Rivers State Governor failed to attend the function. According to him the state government would have taken responsibility of the funeral going by the contributions of the deceased to the growth and development of Rivers State and Nigeria.
He noted that one did not need to be governor to be recognized, as the late Douglas played a significant role in the emergence of Rufus Ada George as governor of the state.
“Indeed going by the contributions he made to the state, I was thinking that the state would take responsibility for everything concerning Alabo. You don’t need to be governor to be recognised,” he said.
Reacting to the bitterly harsh and caustic criticism, Chief Eze, in a statement made available to media houses in Port Harcourt, said former Minister Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi was very frank in his choice of words at Alabo’s burial, noting that his opinion represents the voice of Rivers people on the matter and wondered what could have caused Gov. Wike to be so crude and uncynical, in his use of vitriol words even though he is an avowed prattler and windbag.
According to Chief Eze, when he was confronted with the need of reacting to Wike’s vindictive comment, he was somewhat reluctant because discussing issues pertaining to Governor Nyesom Wike is becoming nauseating because the Governor himself is a nuisance.
“The more you talk the more he continue to embark on controversial issues even worse than the one you have addressed thereby showing that he is not interested either to repent or change but the issues he raised this time around, I have addressed most of them in the past particularly his inability to drown the APC Structure in Rivers State.”
Eze reiterated that the people of Rivers State know between Wike and Amaechi who did more as governor. He said Wike should note that Amaechi was not appointed the Minister of Rivers State but a minister supervising 36 states and FCT whereas as a Governor, one has just his state to administer. This notwithstanding, Amaechi’s inputs towards the emancipation and development of Rivers State is infectious and well recorded in my recent book on Amaechi and his legacies. Those in doubt, can order for a copy
“For avoidance of doubt ,let me attempt to disabuse the minds of the general public that may have been posioned by Wike’s ungodly statement against a man without whom he would have been at the motor park where he rightly belongs.”
In this regard, assuming that Amaechi has not contributed anything to the development of Rivers State, Wike is Amaechi’s first major product, maybe a prodigal and rotten one and whatever he (Wike) may have contributed as a person are attributable to the man God used in taking him this far in his political journey. In this regard, whatever positive contributions made by Wike in the development of Rivers State are contributions of Amaechi though Wike’s negative contributions outweigh that of his positive contributions.
This notwithstanding, let us also assume that Amaechi did not contribute anything to the development of Rivers State but out of all the States in Nigeria the money amounting to a whopping sum of N78BN Amaechi saved for Rivers State was given to Governor Nyesom Wike which he looted through his half-kilometer overhead bridges which he brags as his signature project in this age of technology.
Many people may not understand the special bond and relationship between Wike and I which causes me to weep most of the time whenever I listened to him speak in public functions. The fact remains that from the look of things either Gov Wike needs to go back to school to read and understand what true development means or those crowding him should be bold enough to help him to understand that human development is the highest level of development in any given state which positions Amaechi ahead of him and those cheering him in his most despicable acts against humanity
Though, Gov. Wike doesn’t care about the employment and welfare of our people as he has succeeded in making Rivers State the Federal Capital of Youths Unemployment, but let me bring Wikes new Media Aide, Senibo Chris Finebone, to tackle him in other areas of development influenced by Amaechi.
According to my good friend, Senibo Chris Finebone, contrary to the claims by Wike, Amaechi attracted laudable projects to the state; “Amaechi was instrumental to the siting of the deep sea project in Bonny as well as the completion of the turn-around maintenance of the Port Harcourt International Airport.
Finebone, a Media turnaround expert further stated many projects Amaechi attracted to Rivers State as Minister, One of them is the Bonny Deep Sea Port by the APC-led federal government and preliminary work has started.
“That is the first deep sea port in Nigeria; that is a major project. It was when he the Supervising Minister of Aviation, that the Port Harcourt Airport turn-around was completed.
“The Bodo-Bonny Road project was restarted after Amaechi joined the APC and that is why that road is seeing the light of the day. So, somehow, you will attribute that to him.”
Finebone further challenged Wike to present the projects he attracted to the state while serving as a member of the Federal Executive Council.
Finebone said: Now, the question I am asking is what did Wike attract to Rivers State when he was Minister of State and later Supervising Minister? Nothing!”
In case Wike is not satisfied with Finebone’ s inputs, let me highlight that Amaechi influenced the remittance of N78 billion to the administration of Gov Wike. It was part of funds Amaechi spent on construction of federal roads during his time as governor of Rivers State.
He influenced the commencement of the Transportation University, Ubima, attracted the Naval War College, Ubima.
He influenced the implementation of the UNEP report on Ogoniland; attracted key appointments to Rivers State; employment of hundreds of Rivers sons and daughters in the maritime industry as Seafarers, Safety Marshals etc, influenced the construction of an additional power plant in Afam power station.”
They have forgotten that Amaechi time witnessed the start of the $10Bn NLNG Train 7 which was blocked by Wike and his master; return of some oil wells which were stolen from Rivers State under Wike and his master, and the disbursement of almost $400m out of the $1Bn UNEP Clean up in Ogoni which was blocked by Wike and his master.
Let me conclude this statement by quoting Lady Oby NDUKWE an authority in the history and politics of Rivers State;
“Mediocrity is when people choose noise over substance. Celebrating a mini school over mega schools and a hospital over numerous hospitals. “It is when a straight flyover is preferred to a modern interchange or bypass!
When two sectors are hyped where several others are dead. When Songhai Farm is comatose and its assets sold.
It is when old members are hungry and new members are cashing out, and the old members are clapping.
It is when governance in a fallen economy is simplified.
It’s truly an oxymoron!!!”
From the continuous mispresentaion of Amaechi it may become imperative for me to make public my book on Amaechi and his Legacies to avoid this type of unhealthy development
On Wike’s remark that Amaechi can no longer enter the Aso Rock the seat of power, Eze Congratulated Gov. Wike as the new Gateman of Aso Rock who determines who should enter Aso Rock and who should not. Let me counsel him In carrying out this new role, he should understand that Aso Rock is a public institution where any Nigerian is entitled to visit or enter once such a Nigerian has an assignment to carry out in the Seat of power. The public is very aware that if Amaechi has any business of visiting Aso Rock nobody çan prevent him from doing so including twenty of Wike and his cohorts.
Finally, for avoidance of doubt, let me highlight the following points:
– Amaechi’s presence in the presidency restored the $10Bn NLNG Train 7 that Wike and his master (Jonathan) blocked;
– Has led to release of almost $400m of the $1Bn of the UNEP Fund to Ogoni that Wike and his master blocked;
– Brought back some oil wells Wike and his master ceded to other states;
– Brought back N78Bn of over N100Bn Rivers State used to execute federal project which Wike blocked.
-As the Minster of Transportation and Aviation Amaechi ensured the renovation of the Port Harcourt International Airport to an international standard which Wike and his master also abandoned and left as an eye sore
Unless Wike is saying that all these projects are not sited in Rivers State.
You are now free to judge between Wike and Amaechi who is more relevant to the development of Rivers State.
Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze,
APC Chieftain, member of APC Legacy Projects Media Team & former National Publicity Secretary, nPDP