OrderPaperToday – Chairman of the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Davies Ikanya, has said that the budget of the state has been shrouded with secrecy to facilitate fraudulent plans of the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.
According to him, “this revelation is coming to light as information now reveal that the Governor allocated a whopping N15 billion to himself as security vote in the 2016 state budget”.
In a statement titled: “N15bn SECURITY VOTE – Real Reason Wike Killed and Maimed His Way To Power”, the APC state Chairman said that “the curiosity of the APC was aroused when months after the budget was passed, it was tightly kept out of the reach or sight of Rivers people.
“The APC had to repeatedly make public its observation that Gov. Nyesom Wike deliberately concealed the details of the 2016 budget that was passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly [RSHA] for dubious reasons until a few days ago when a concerned former member of the RSHA leaked the budget details to the APC.”
Ikanya said that before the revelation, the party had raised several alarms concerning what he called “the showboating of hard work Gov. Nyesom Wike.
“It is now obvious why Nyesom Wike defied every known principle and decency in his quest for power. He ignored his predecessor’s desire to rotate power to another Senatorial Zone.
“Wike clobbered, intimidated, beat and maimed his own PDP members to forcefully take the party’s governorship ticket for himself; he traded off good conscience and got the buy-in of criminals to kill and maim the people and in exchange gave them tickets to the RSHA all in his bid to become governor of Rivers State.
“Even when his sham election was annulled, Wike did every unthinkable and unmentionable thing under the sun to get victory at the Supreme Court.”
Drawing comparisons to the previous administration’s handling of affairs in the state, Ikanya said:
“It is pertinent to remind Rivers people that under Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as governor of Rivers State, the highest annual security vote was N3b spread through the year or N250m per month.
“Now, Gov. Wike has decided to award himself N15b annual or N1.25b monthly security vote. We believe that the difference is very obvious to the people at this point.
“In the months and years to come, Rivers people will realise that they have not only ended up in a ONE CHANCE BUS but are indeed in a ONE CHANCE BUS LADEN WITH IEDs and heading for a crash.”
He promised that the APC will “critically scrutinize the 2016 Rivers State budget in great detail and make public areas of concern in the budget in the interest of Rivers people.”