The All Progressive Congress (APC) says it wonders how Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike never realised he is a “pedestrian” leader.
The APC in Rivers state was reacting to Wike’s loss at the presidential primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the weekend.
The party in a statement by Chris Finebone, its State Publicity Secretary said Governor Wike could not have been a president when his understanding of development and performance remained local.
“The dramatic end to Governor Nyesom Wike’s presidential quest is a prayer answered for unpaid workers, pensioners and the downtrodden in Rivers State,” he said.
Chris Finebone described Wike’s loss as “timely” good riddance to the financial banditry, resource haemorrhage and complete absence of governance in Rivers State.
“It was difficult for God not to hear the solemn heart-wrenching prayers and tears by civil servants who have not been promoted in the past seven years; pensioners owed pensions and gratuities since this governor came into office and the teeming people and residents of Port Harcourt who now share living space with garbage, stench, rodents and diseases arising therefrom.
“Despite persistent calls on the governor by civil society groups and the opposition not to shirk his responsibilities as the Chief Executive Officer of the State, the governor ignored everyone and abandoned governance in the State.
“The height of this was his disengagement of waste management contractors in Port Harcourt for some months now which has turned the Garden City of Port Harcourt into the garbage capital of Nigeria with diseases and rodents competing with human beings for space and existence.
“Sometimes one is perplexed and wonder how the governor sleeps without his conscience troubling or pricking him that he has abandoned those that he found himself in government to care for as their governor.
Speaking further, the APC spokesperson advised Governor Wike to have a change of heart and prioritise governance over politics or resign.