- The River state government under Nyesom Wike has been accused of authoritarianism
- This was disclosed in a joint statement by the organised labour on Thursday, September 3
- The organised labour alleged that the Rivers state governor has no scruples for the rule of law
The administration of Governor Nyesom Wike has been accused of authoritarianism, industrial tyranny, and state-sponsored violence and terrorism against workers and citizens by the organised labour.
This was disclosed in a joint statement on Thursday, September 3, signed by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) president, Ayuba Wabba, and the president of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Quari Olaleye in Abuja.
The labour leaders who noted that they will embark on a peaceful protest in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, September 8, added that there is a full-fledged bloom of authoritarian rule in Rivers under Wike's administration.
Wabba and Olaleye at a joint press conference said the protest is to draw attention to the violations on workers and trade union rights in the state.
They said: “This is to alert Nigerians on the birth of new progeny of authoritarianism, industrial tyranny and state-sponsored violence and terrorism against workers and citizens by the Rivers State Government.
“Fellow citizens, Nigerian workers have never had it so bad under a state governor as Mr. Nyesom Wike who now sees himself as a demi-god. As the demi-god that he believes he is, Mr. Nyesom Wike has no scruples for the rule of law or basic standards of decency.
“He has arrogated and appropriated to himself the powers of both the executive, the judiciary, the legislative and the vicious powers of underground non-state operatives who openly identify themselves as thugs loyal to Mr. Wike."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers has disowned a statement against Governor Wike credited to it by a self-acclaimed spokesman of the party, Ogbonna Nwuke.
In a statement by the chairman of the Rivers APC caretaker committee, Igo Aguma, the party said that the statement made against Wike by Aguma did not originate from it.
The statement by Nwuke slammed Wike over his alleged invasion of the judiciary in the state.
However, Aguma said that Nwuke had never been the party’s spokesman and that he never spoke on behalf of the APC.
In other news, Governor Wike made a pledge to the people of Rivers state, saying that he would leave no stone unturned to ensure all ongoing projects across the state are completed before he leaves office.
The governor said on Tuesday, August 17, that no project conceived by his administration would be abandoned or uncompleted at his exit as the state governor.
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