APC a failed govt, says Governor Wike

January 2, 2022
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Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike yesterday said Nigerians made a “mistake” in 2015 when the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari were elected into power.

Nyesom Wike who was in Bauchi on a private visit said since the coming of the APC-led federal government, things had turned worse for Nigeria and Nigerians in every facet of existence.

He said Nigeria had never been so polarised than now because of the weakness of the federal government which had failed to provide good governance, thereby brewing insecurity and making Nigerians not to be able to settle down for anything meaningful.

The Rivers State governor said Nigeria has a president who does not know what is going in the country as he is just seated in Aso Rock Villa, but running administration virtually.

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“What Nigeria requires now is leadership, if you have a strong leadership, most of the problems will be solved. We don’t have leadership, a good leadership is the one who can take decisions.

“Part of the problems we have today is that we don’t know whether we have a leadership that takes decisions, you hear people take decisions on his behalf.

“In fact, it was surprising to me to hear one day that someone brought papers to Mr President to sign something of billions of naira and later the man was arrested, that he deceived Mr President.

“How can as the president of the country, your driver or somebody else will just bring a note for me to sign for billions of naira, how can that be done, this country requires a strong leader,” he said.

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Wike added, “I am surprised that the president signed trillions of naira to purchase arms but the arms were not purchased under the then service chiefs and nothing was done, at the end of the day, he compensated them with ambassadorial appointments, what kind of a country is this, what kind of leadership?

“You saw a president yesterday who said that the 2022 budget was not implementable but yet went ahead and signed it, something you know that will not help the country, but you could not face the National Assembly and tell them that you will not sign it, take it back.

“But the Electoral Act, you discovered errors that direct primaries will be too expensive and it will affect security, so you will not sign, but the budget that affects the lives of millions of people of the country which you know cannot work, you signed it, haba,” he exclaimed.

He added; “I don’t understand it, it doesn’t make any sense, I won’t sign if I know that it is not going to help to grow the economy whether it is overblown, I will not sign it. I will not go to compromise.”

On the fight against corruption, he said, “If you are fighting corruption, you should be ready, for corruption will fight back, the moment you come out to say that you are fighting corruption, you must be prepared to fight that corruption within the system .

“As it is now, if you steal in PDP, you are a criminal but as soon as you join the APC, you are no longer a thief, what kind of system is that, is that the kind of leadership they want? No, nobody does that.”

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On the fight against insecurity, Nyesom Wike said, “How are we fighting insecurity? Every year the military will tell you, we don’t have weapons to fight, there’s no time they appeared before the National Assembly that they will tell you we have no weapons, it is always we don’t have weapons, what is going on? “

Talking about the judiciary, he said, “You talk about the autonomy of the judiciary, as we speak, there’s no autonomy, look at the federal courts in all the states, go and see the nature of the courts.”

Reacting to the invasion of the house of Justice Mary Peter Odili, he said, “I am very surprised that Mr President could not make a pronouncement over the invasion of the house of a justice of the Supreme Court, did you hear Mr President saying anything?

“I am very sure he would have made a statement if the person was killed, I am sure if Justice Odili was killed, he would have issued condolences, in a country when you see an abomination like the invasion of the house of a Supreme Court justice, it was not just an invasion but a threat to the judiciary and the president of the country could not condemn such. I will not accept this because if the judiciary is hurt, democracy is hurt.

“So, like I said, leadership is the issue, the moment we have a blessed strong leadership, then you know that you are going on the right track. Leadership does not look at religion, no way.

“Nigeria is a country that you must understand the feelings of other people, if you don’t do that, it will not work, if some people are feeling that they are not part of you, you must bring them closer to know that they are part of you. You must device a means to carry everybody along.”

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