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Rivers govt accuses APC of negative media plot against Wike



Rivers State Government has accused the state’s All Progressives Congress (APC) of plots to use selected media houses to denigrate the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration.

A statement issued from the office of Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, said the development was not unconnected with Wike’s development of infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, rural transformation, housing development, administration of justice, social welfare and sports.

It noted that the orchestrated campaign allegedly championed by a former APC governorship aspirant, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has been designed to portray Governor Wike’s government as one incapable of meeting the development aspirations of Rivers people.


However, the transformation of the 23 councils in the last six years of projects commissioning and commencement of new ones had shown that Wike had been meeting the yearnings of the people.

“The fact that Rivers people who turn out at various projects sites to welcome the governor and his guests from all political divides, is a clear indication that Rivers people can no longer be swayed by cheap political blackmail.

“The truth is that the APC government that boasted that Wike will not see money to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects, has been humbled by the revolution in the governance of the state,” the statement reads.

The statement lamented that instead of people like Peterside and his acolytes to acknowledge Wike’s accomplishments, they are looking for cheap popularity through sponsored media appearances.

“But no matter how hard the distractors push their propaganda, Wike will not be distracted from executing his social contract with the Rivers people. More projects that direct impact the lives of Rivers people will be unveiled in the next few weeks.

“The governor’s promise to continue working as if this was his first tenure and not abandon any project remains sacrosanct. Rivers people are watching those whose stock in trade is to dance naked and pray that they continue as merchants of mischief, falsehood and baseless allegations,” it added.

It insisted that Rivers citizens love Wike, whose outstanding achievements in salvaging the state from the dearth of basic infrastructure required for speedy socio-economic transformation, had received national and international applause.

“Therefore, no amount of APC’s negative propaganda can diminish Wike’s legacies in Rivers State.

Rather than launder APC’s battered image, Peterside’s media appearances and those of his cohorts will further expose their penchant for lies and deception, which is now in the public knowledge.

“Former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has confirmed that Wike remains the best governor the state has produced, adding: “I have been there and I dare say that Wike is the best,” the statement added.


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