The Rivers Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Governor, Nyesom Wike, of mortgaging the future of the State with a N90billion loan secured for ‘frivolities’ in less than a year in office.
A statement by its publicity secretary, Chris Finebone, the party said Wike obtained approval of the State House of Assembly to obtain N10billion from an unnamed commercial bank to host tomorrow’s national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt.
APC also said part of the loans secured from banks which it accused of “complicity to dupe Rivers people” were used to buy a N300million armoured mobile office and sponsor trips to Europe to watch soccer games, all at a time “public servants and pensioners have gone for months without pay. Local government workers are crying for help because they have not been paid salaries.”
The party accused the State Assembly of being a willing tool in the alleged profligacy regime of Governor Wike, saying that “at the risk of losing count on the total loan profile of Gov. Nyesom Wike, records show that the governor has obtained an unprecedented total of N90 billion as loan since becoming governor of Rivers State.”
According to the APC, “it is clear to all that the future of Rivers people, their living and unborn children has eternally been mortgaged by a governor driven by selfish, vainglorious and ignoble motives. Very worrisome is the fact that the governor lavishes a substantial portion of these loans on his personal pursuits and insatiable crave for mundane earthly pleasures and that of his friends.”
The statement said “while the past administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi took payment of teachers off the local councils to free up money to pay salaries of council workers and provision of other services by the councils, Gov Nyesom Wike has pounced on council funds and is merely giving out handouts to his Caretaker Chairmen, money not enough for the greed of the Chairmen.”