…Seals Businesses Owned By Them
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has made good his threat to deal decisively with anyone planning to insight trouble in River state.
This he did Friday as security operatives sealed businesses owned by such people most of whom are perceived supporters of Atiku and other opposition parties in Rivers State.
Residents of Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, were shocked when security operatives from the governor’s office sealed Mega Tool’s petrol filling station located at Ojoto street in the Diobu area owned by Dr Chinyere Igwe, the member representing Port Harcourt Constituency 3 in the House of Representatives, without reason.
Also sealed was Priscy Lounge located at Elekahia and owned by Hon Jones Ogbonda as well as Preray Hotel on Eagle Island which belongs to Ikechi Chinda.
Owners of the sealed businesses are known allies of former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara, who is a known supporter of Atiku.
Commenting on the action on his business, Mr Igwe who owns the sealed petrol station, alleged foul play and witch-hunt in the action. He also accused the governor of political vendetta.
“I don’t sell fake fuel products. I’m not involved in any illegal dealing, I don’t know why he (Wike) sealed my filling station.
“The sealing of our businesses is politically motivated. Because I called the Rivers state Police Command and they said they are not aware of it”, Igwe said.
Wike had been at daggers drawn with Atiku, the PDP and leaders of the party in River state since he lost out in the race for both the presidential and vice presidential tickets of the party to Atiku and Ifeanyi Okowa, his Delta state counterpart.
Following this, the governor had threatened to demolish the hotels and property of politicians used by persons he called “cultists” ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The Governor disclosed that his government obtained intelligence linking some politicians he said are misguided with the recruitment of cultists, ex-convicts and thugs to make trouble in furtherance of their political aspirations.
“We will not allow any political party, be it the All Progressives Congress, the Peoples Democratic Party or the Social Democratic Party to threaten the safety and security of lives and property during the campaigns with mayhem, thuggery or violence,” Wike had said.
He, however, has not issued any official statement on why the businesses were sealed.