- Governor Nyesom Wike has claimed that he brought Rotimi Amaechi to power
- The Rivers governor denied claims that he was an employee of the transportation minister while he was in office
- Wike added that he cannot support his predecessor while he is in the APC
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The governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike, has reacted to Rotimi Amaechi's comment that he was his employee while in power.
Wike on Friday, March 19, said that he was one of the major instruments used to make the transportation minister the governor of the state.
Speaking in an interview with BBC Pidgin, the Rivers governor revealed:
“I was the one God used to make Amaechi governor. I will even give you a tape from what he said in the church; that after God, I’m next. But when he was talking the other day, saying I was his staff, his employee, I said no problem.
“We all sat to make you governor, and I was the one who championed it. How do you call someone who made you governor an employee? When he became governor, he asked me; how are we going to run this government, and he offered me to be commissioner of finance, but I said no, let me be in the chief of staff office."
According to him, he parted ways with his predecessor after the minister defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Governor Wike said he can never support what Amaechi is doing now that he is in the ruling party.
Earlier, Wike said he had no intention of leaving his current political platform, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC.
Governor Wike stated that the rot in the APC was worse than the problems the PDP was facing.
While he compared the problems his party was facing to Malaria, he described the internal problems of the APC as advanced cancer.
"If I have Malaria, do I go looking for cancer? When I have Malaria that is easy to treat, you want me to go after cancer that will kill me immediately. Which party? APC that has killed Nigeria?
"Which party do I go to. Any fight that comes up in the PDP, I will stay there and slug it out. If I am wounded, it is all right. If I wound them, so be it as well. But I am running nowhere. Besides, I know that they cannot wound me."
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