The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on Monday described the Nigeria Governors’ Forum as a toothless bulldog.
Wike stated that the Nigerian governors had turned beggars since the All Progressives Congress took over the leadership of the forum in 2015.
He said, “Before 2015, the Governors’ Forum used to be very powerful but the APC killed it because they were protecting the interest of the ruling party.
“During of one of the rerun elections in this state, my security aides were withdrawn, thus exposing me to danger; the forum did not say anything because the chairman was a member of the APC.
“I told them then that what they were doing was wrong. Now, they have become a Beggars’ Forum, even when there are constitutional infractions.
“You can see that the APC governors say that they are progressive; you can see how progressive they are when they keep quiet when a fellow sitting governor is disqualified from contesting elections.”
The governor, also took a swipe at the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, saying he was planning to perpetrate impunity in the forthcoming governorship election in Edo State.
Explaining that the people of Edo State must say no to such impunity the way it was done in Rivers State in 2010, Wike said Oshiomhole should apologise to the Edo people.
“Adams Oshiomhole campaigned for Governor Obaseki four years ago. The same man has turned around to say that Obaseki has a defective certificate.
“Has Oshiomhole apologised to Nigerians that he supported someone with a defective certificate? Who is saying that a sitting governor has a defective certificate? Is it a man that does not have a certificate?
“Oshiomhole should be told to practise what he preaches. The APC wants to perpetrate impunity in Edo State the way they unleashed terror in Rivers State in 2019.
“They think because they have the Army, Police and INEC, they can do anything and get away with it. They tried it in Rivers State, but God gave us the will to say no. I hope Edo people will also say no to the impunity,” he stated.
Speaking on Obaseki’s planned defection to the PDP, Wike said he would be happy to receive him, but added that he would not guarantee automatic ticket for him because Edo people would decide.
“Edo PDP has a role to play. There is nothing like endorsement. But I must tell you that I am not happy the way he was disqualified by the APC because it will affect his integrity,” he said.
The governor debunked insinuations made by the Rivers State Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association, Dr Obelebra Adebiyi, about the state’s response towards COVID-19, maintaining that the state government had given the Ministry of Health all it requires to fight the pandemic.
The governor stated that the increasing number of COVID-19 cases was based on the results from more testing conducted on persons.