(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) -The immediate past special adviser to Rivers State on political matters and strategy, Barr.Emeh Glory Emeh, has reacted to an online publication where persons who claimed to be members of a civil society organization singled out some politicians who they claimed are unfit and therefore should not put themselves forward for any elective office in 2023.
Speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt, Barr. Emeh, who had also served as chief of staff, Rivers State Government condemned the idea in its entirety, describing those behind it as interlopers, who have no locus standi to so declare.
The former commissioner for transport and aviation under the administration of Dr. Peter Odili believe that the Nigerian Constitution is sufficiently explanatory as to who runs an election in Nigeria.
”It therefore follows in a natural progression, according to the specialist in governance and politics, that no person or persons, irrespective of their personal interests should arrogate to themselves the power to determine who runs, as by so doing, it will amount to intruding into the domestic freedom of those involved.
Answering questions on the performance of Governor Nyesom Wike in Rivers State, particularly, recent commissioning of projects, the accountant lawyer said it is not in doubt thatWike has performed creditably. ”You can only tell the blind man that there is no oil in the soup but cannot tell him if there is no salt or pepper, as the taste of the pudding is in the eating.
”Apart from witnessing the commissioning of plethora of projects in the past two weeks, and as someone who, as they say has been in the corridors of power, and having served from the military to democratically elected leadership in our state.
” I can tell without fear of contradiction that Governor WIke has demonstrated that he was actually prepared to serve the people of Rivers State because, according to Mao Tsetung of China, ability to perform should be the precondition for voting any body into public office.
“I have not been talking to the press for sometime now.You are aware that I have served in several administrations in this state, and I can easily separate facts from fantasy.
”Each administration has its area of emphasis and the combined effects is what has brought development in the state to the current level.I worked with Dr. Peter Odili as Commissioner for Special Duties, progressing to serve as Commissioner for Commerce and Industry ,and in quick succession Commissioner for Transport and Aviation.I can say that I understand what the emphasis of that administration was.
”It is not debatable that Odili laid the foundation that others who came after him have been building upon. Odili’s outstanding performance earned him the acronym of Golden Governor of Nigeria. He was also described as superman for good road network in Rivers State.
”I served as Chief of Staff in the administration of Sir Celestine Omehia, who can be described as an honest and prudent financial manager, who was in a hurry to make his mark. Omehia’s performance in five months attracted the attention of the United Nations for which he was invited for recognition. Then came the administration of Governor Rotimi Amaechi who also had his own priorities.
”Although I was not in the country through out the eight years of his administration but reports have it that he paid attention to the building of schools and health centres etc. in the state.
”Since 2015 when Governor Wike entered the scene, our people can also notice his own area of concentration.It is not debatable to assert that Governor Wike has shown that he came to serve.
”We talked about the flyovers dotting the length and breath of of Rivers State but you did not mention infrastructural development revolution in the area of roads.
”For a government to undertake commissioning of projects for three weeks shows that Governor Wike can qualify for the best performing governor in infrastructural development within the short but very impressive period of his administration.
”It is no longer news that a holistic examination of his tenure so far earned him the best governor of the year from Silverbird, The Sun and This Day. He was also honoured by Leadership newspaper.
”I am aware that he has just been invited to deliver a leadership lecture and receive an award of Excellence as Outstanding Governor in Infrastructural Project Innovation by EuroKnowledge International in Lisbon, Portugal, the only African to be invited for an out astounding among distinguished world leaders.
”We cannot but congratulate him for bringing honour to our great state and for taking us to the centre stage of world leadership forum.
‘ By this award by Euroknowledge, Governor Wike has actually justified the recognition given to him by the Rivers State Council of Chiefs as the Pride of Rivers State.
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