Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has said it was hypocritical for President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the 2022 budget passed by the National Assembly but declined assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
Wike described the 2022 budget as “heavily padded and unimplementable”.
He stated this during his visit to the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in his home town, Orba, in Udenu Local Government Area of Enugu State on Monday.
The Governor said the speed at which the President signed the 2022 budget, which he had described as unimplementable, was curious and insensitive to the plight of ordinary Nigerians.
“Look at Mr President the other day while he was signing the budget; he said the budget is unimplementable. But he went on and signed what is unimplementable.
“A budget that will determine the state of the economy, the progress of this nation, and the President knew this thing can’t work, and he signed it. Then the Electoral Act, he said he would not sign it because direct primaries is too expensive.
“What concern me with party primaries. What concerns the poor people with party primaries? The one that concerns poor man, businessman, how to grow the economy, you signed it, knowing too well that it will not work.”
“You must join the rest of Nigerians. Nigeria is dying. Will you be here to see Nigeria die? Is it the kind of Nigeria that people like Nnamdi Azikiwe fought for? A Nigeria that when you wake up, what you will hear is 20 people have died, 42 people have been kidnapped, 100 people have been abducted. Everyday death, death.”
The Rivers State governor said he was in Enugu to felicitate with Governor Ugwuanyi before the commencement of work in the new year in view of his brotherly love towards him.
The Governor, who was conferred with an honorary traditional chieftaincy title of Agunechemba by the Chairman, Enugu State Council of Tradition Rulers, Ambassador Lawrence Agubuzo, also urged the people of Enugu State to continue to stand by the Governor to enable him deliver democratic dividends to them.
In his remarks, Enugu State Governor Ugwuanyi said Governor Wike has distinguished himself as a courageous leader, noting that he is proud of his leadership.
“Last year, I was in Rivers State on two occasions, on the Governor’s invitation to commission two major road projects. On each occasion. I left Rivers State with a strong, positive impression of your commitment to project conception and quick delivery.
“This fraternal visit symbolizes the deepening of the fellowship between the government and good people of the Treasure Base of the Nation and, of course, Enugu State.”