Wike advocates decent politicking in Rivers
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has underscored the need for politicians to play decent politics. He said that in his entire political journey, the use of violence has never been part of measures adopted to attain his political goals.
Wike spoke when he inaugurated the Okrika Founder’s Park, yesterday, in Koniju Ama, Okrika Local Council.
Wike said it is unfortunate that the likes of Senator Lee Maeba, who is still stuck in politics of violence, could be accusing him of violence.
He wondered the basis why Senator Lee Maeba would allege that political thugs were sent by him to invade his house, an incident police report has invalidated.
“Two days again, I was watching on TV, it is unfortunate, I saw Lee Maeba, I saw Austin Opara, I saw Abiye Sekibo saying that my humble self sent people to Lee Maeba’s house to attack him, to kill him, I couldn’t believe it.
“But you saw the Commissioner of Police’s report. He said, listen, your house is surrounded by houses, you have two gates to your house, and not one gate was damaged, not one.”
“The cars you said were damaged were rickety cars, no brand new cars were touched. Have you ever seen such?”
Wike said that he thought that by now, people should have a limit to how far they can play politics.
He stated that by the allegations made by Maeba, the man was pushing issues too far, but instead of playing politics of violence, he would rather resort to legal means.
“But you see, I laugh. I said God; you know the truth. But people are pushing politics too far. I am sleeping; you are waking me up. When I wake, whatever you see, you take.
“Please, advise our people not to play the kind of politics they are playing. Let’s play decent politics. Anybody who knows me, knows too well, my own is, if I want to fight you, I don’t need to send anybody, I will go to court.”
Wike spoke of Chief Adokiye Amiesimaka as an Okrikan who meant well for his people and has invested personal resources to provide the Founder’s Park.
He noted that with such a gesture, Amiesimaka has distinguished himself from those who are self-seeking, using their political positions to enrich themselves instead of ensuring the construction of the ring road in Okrika.
“Some of you don’t even know how to play politics. if Owolo comes now to his community and calls them, my people see where I want us to go, why will you not follow him?
“Because see what he has used his money to do. Again, see, by doing this; see what it has attracted to your kingdom. This is what we call people who have a good heart. Stop listening to people who are liars.”
Wike spoke of the prevailing peace in Okrika, which is attributed to the contribution of King Ateke Tom, Amayanabo of Okochiri Ama in support of his administration.
The Rivers State Governor also commended Amiesimaka for being a forthright man who rejected all entreaties made to him to join in implicating him.
Wike noted that some of them have advanced politically and are where they are because people like Amiesimaka stood on the side of truth.
“I feel at home being here. I want this relationship to continue. Don’t allow an individual to break the relationship. Don’t allow an individual selfish interest to break the relationship.
“Ordinarily, if things are to be done well, Okrika should have one of the finest jetties in the country. But everybody will give an account of himself on the last day.
In his speech, Amiesimaka said that he sought after a legacy to bequeath to the Koniju people and decided to embark on the project that took 15 months to deliver.
According to him, the Founder’s Park consists of the Amakoromabo Owu-Okolo, the entrance, pavilion, sports arena, the Amayanabo sitting area for outdoor meetings, modern toilets and showers, and solar-wired lighting facilities.