Dr. Dakuku Peterside, the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in the 2015 general election in Rivers State, , has accused Governor Nyesom Wike of ridiculing the office of the governor through his actions.
Peterside also said that it was embarrassing for the governor to be linked to two leaked audio tapes, adding that Wike would face a Herculean task trying to distance himself from the tapes, especially the one he was alleged to be speaking with Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State.
The former governorship candidate, who is the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, spoke at a birthday thanksgiving held in his honour and that of a former lawmaker and deputy governorship candidate, Mr. Honourable Asita, in Port Harcourt on Saturday.
He criticised Wike’s administration over the passing into law of the 2017 budget within 48 hours after it was proposed to the state House Assembly.
Peterside said, “It is a big embarrassment to our state that a governor or anybody who occupies the office of the governor can be associated with the two leaked audio tapes. Governor Wike has a Herculean task to prove that those tapes are not his voice and do not represent his value system.
“If indeed it is proven that the tapes represent what Governor Wike said and his value system, then it is a big embarrassment to our state and he does not deserve to occupy the office of the governor.”
On the passage of the state 2017 budget within two days, he added, “It is ridiculing the office of the Rivers State Governor. It is ridiculing the Rivers House of Assembly and nothing can be more uncharitable than what Wike, working collaboratively with the Rivers House of Assembly, did.”
Accusing the governor of holding education in disdain, Peterside stated that Rivers students sent abroad for studies by the Rotimi Amaechi administration were sent back home by the current administration.
He said, “This is the same Wike who abandoned the world-class primary schools that were built by the previous administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. Today, the schools are overgrown by weeds.”
Reacting on behalf of the governor, the state Commissioner for Information, Dr. Austin Tam-George, said Peterside had the tendency of being wrong anytime he (Peterside) spoke.
“The criminal antics of the APC may seem like entertainment to some people. But we are losing our country to a shameless gaggle of schizophrenic dictators who would rather spend all day snooping around other people’s phones, rather than think of how to get the country out of a crushing recession.
“As the details of the 2017 budget shows, Governor Wike is pursuing an aggressive development agenda, with 70 per cent of the budget dedicated to capital projects. Critical sectors like roads, health, education and empowerment have the biggest share of budgetary allocations.
“I suspect that Mr. Peterside knows more about his numerous fashionable hats than about budgets and serious matters of governance.”