- Governor Dickson has formally reacted to Wike's comments on his government
- The two south-south governors have been engaged in media war over governance in their states
- Dickson, however, accused Wike of deliberately inciting disunity in Ijaw land
The political crisis between Governor Seriake Dickson of Rivers state and his Rivers state counterpart, Nyesom Wike, has taken another twist as the former accused the latter of deliberately inciting disunity among Ijaw people.
Vanguard reports that Governor Dickson accused Wike of causing disunity in Ijaw land for political agenda.
Legit.ng gathered that the two governors have employed the age-long dispute between the two states over oil fields/wells (Soku, Rivers and Oluasiri, Bayelsa).
He said: “I want it recorded that Governor Wike is deliberately inciting disunity in Ijaw land because of his ethnic supremacist political agenda which he knows that Bayelsa, particularly Governor Dickson and my agenda will not support. That’s what he is doing.”
Dickson also denied Wike’s allegation that he visited the Amanyanabo of Kalabari without following protocol, saying that he made sustained efforts to contact Wike without success and directed his chief of staff and the ADC to speak to their counterparts in Rivers, who promised to inform their boss of the impending trip, which they did.
Describing Wike in derogatory terms, Dickson, a former police officer and lawmaker said: “The governor of our neighbouring state, Governor Wike of Rivers state, who by the way is used to making careless remarks from time to time, went into his usual habit some few days ago.
"Let me put it on record, this is the first time I will formally respond to Wike in this formal way. I have always ignored with pain and regret all the previous vituperation and his attempt to belittle and intimidate this state and our leadership.
“His unfriendliness towards this state is not hidden. It is not just me, it is about our state and our people, he has done that a couple of times but I decided to stomach it for several reasons. Also, my involvement in the affairs of the Niger Delta and my commitment to the well-being of our people, made me to always shy away from having open confrontations with a brother governor, particularly of his state that is so closely tied to our state.
Dickson, however, told Wike to stop interfering with the politics of Bayelsa state, adding that the governor played key role in the PDP primaries and supported the APC in their federal takeover of Bayelsa state.
“Wike should learn to respect his colleagues for whom he has shown scant regards, not just for me, and Bayelsa. He is having oil wars with every state around him, with Imo and Akwa Ibom states. What is wrong with him?” Dickson added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Dickson advised Wike to stop belittling and intimidating Bayelsa state.
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