Nyesom Wike, Governor of Rivers State, has said Nasir El-Rufai, his Kaduna State counterpart, is currently suffering the consequences of the alleged evil plot he attempted to mastermind in the South-South state in the past.
Governor Wike said this when the Vice President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Obiageli Ejezie, led other leaders of the association to the Government House, Port Harcourt, to confer on him the 2019/2020 Good Governance Award for his outstanding achievements in project execution in Rivers State.
According to a statement by Kelvin Ebiri, his Special Adviser on Social Media, the Rivers Governor said Governor El-Rufai had questioned his election victory on live television, saying that he (Wike) would be kicked out.
Governor Wike insisted that the high spate of insecurity being witnessed in Kaduna State is a consequence of the action of APC governors, including El-Rufai, allegedly colluding with the Federal Government to instigate crisis in Rivers State.
“Now, in order to cause crises in our state, they brought the CP they wanted. At the end of the day, God did not allow them to have their way. But see what is happening in his state now. When you are plotting evil against somebody, evil will visit you. And that is the problem Governor el-Rufai is facing today in Kaduna State.
“I remember when I came in 2015, when they were honouring one of their friends as a minister on live television, Channels, el-Rufai had the temerity to say (my) election could not stand in Rivers State and that they would kick me out,” the statement quoted Governor Wike as saying.
Governor Wike also lambasted the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), saying the party had campaigned and pledged to bring change to Nigerians in 2015 but has, instead, dragged Nigeria 50 years backwards.
He insisted that the ruling party has continued the country on the path of retrogression since it came into power.
He said: “There can’t be good governance without security and this is based on the rule of law. All of us are living witnesses that in 2015, it was alleged that the government of former President Goodluck Jonathan could not perform.
“So, Nigeria needed a change. What has happened to the change? They have taken Nigeria back by 50 years,” he said.
Governor Wike wondered for how long the APC-led Federal Government would allow the needless killings and abduction of innocent Nigerians to continue.
He said: “Now, you wake up every morning, students are being kidnapped in so-and-so state university; people have been killed in so-and-so state. It has become the norm.
“Just wake up in the morning and the first thing you will see on the front page of the dailies is ‘10 people have been kidnapped in Niger State; 20 have been killed in Zamfara State, five have been killed in Imo’ and this happens virtually every day. So, where are we heading to?”