Rivers State governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says Former Minister of Transport, Dr. Abiye Precious Sekibo, does not fill such leadership position to speak on behalf of the State.
Wike said Dr. Sekibo is a self-seeking politician who has been unable to attract democratic dividend, of whatever kind, to the State while he served as minister and also to his home town, Okrika.
The governor spoke during the inauguration 319 Ward and 32 Constituency Liaison Officers in Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday.
His word, “I watched a video when one Dr. Abiye Sekibo, while he was addressing people in his house yesterday (Sunday), said he is the director of Atiku’s Supporters in Rivers. I have no problem about that. But he does not have that capacity to speak on behalf of Rivers State.
“In that video, he said that River State has been having close relationship with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and that Rivers State has always benefitted from Atiku Abubakar. I want to correct one impression, Dr. Abiye Sekibo has a personal relationship with Alhaji Atiku, not Rivers State.
“Dr. Abiye Sekibo was Minister of Transport when Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was the Vice president of Nigeria. Can you people mention one project in Okrika, in Ogu/Bolo, I don’t even want to talk about Rivers State, that he brought?”
Wike stated that people like Dr. Sekibo number among those who are never satisfied with the fortunes they have enjoyed in life.
“I was a Minister, junior Minister in that matter. But I am proud to say anywhere I go to in this State (Rivers), I brought dividend of democracy to Rivers State.
“As a junior Minister, I brought the Oil and Gas Polytechnic to Rivers State that is sited in Bonny. There was no Faculty of Law at the University of Port Harcourt since the creation of that institution, but I brought it.
“As a Minister, I made sure Kenule Beeson Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic and the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, even if they are State’s institutions, I made sure they got grant of N500M each.”
Governor Wike stressed that Dr. Abiye Sekibo as Secretary to the Rivers State government did not also execute any project of note in Okrika. While he, as Chief of Staff, delivered several road projects in Rumuepirikom.