Wike dissolves State Executive Council, APC kicks
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has dissolved the State Executive Council with immediate effect. Also affected are the Chief of Staff to the governor, Emeka Woke, and the Senior Special Assistant (Protocol), Harold Koko.
A statement made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, said the dissolution took effect yesterday.
The governor, in the statement, instructed former members of the Council to hand over to the most senior officers in their respective ministries.
The statement reads, “His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike, commends members of the Rivers State Executive Council for their services and contributions to the development of the state. He has also wished them the best in all their future endeavours.”
Sources in the government house said the governor planned to inject new blood into the system ahead of the 2023 elections and also some executive members planning to contest for the governorship seat and other positions the chance to move on.
BUT reacting to the development, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State accused Wike of relegating his constitutional duty to the background by placing a premium on politics than governance.
Spokesperson for the party, Chris Finebone, accused the governor of showing a preference for “self-interest” above “common good”.
He said: “The dissolution did not come to some of us as a surprise. Any keen observer of Wike’s brick and mortar style of governance should always expect him to exhibit a preference for self-interest above the common good.”