(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) – Govermor Nyesom Wike’s past adviser on political matters and strategy, Barr. Emeh Glory Emeh, has reacted to the comments of Dr. Dakuku Peterside, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, and the reaction of Ambassador Desmond Akawor, Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in a Rhytm 93.7 Fm radio programme christened ‘Viewpoint’ on Saturday, describing the opinion of the All Progressives Congress chieftain on Governor Wike as bordering on some degree of ignorance of the programmes and policies of the administration in the past six years.
The former chief of staff, Government House said:
“Thank you for making this enquiry. I listened to the program under reference, and my conclusion is that, the opinions expressed by Dr. Peterside can be said to be unfortunately premised on some degree of ignorance.
“I have been in government for sometime, and almost worked for all past administrations except that of Rt.Hon. Amaechi, when I was out of the country.
“As an accountant, I understand the operation of the budget and can allign myself with the opinion expressed by Ambassador Desmond Akawor and the chairman of ikwerre local government, Engr. Samuel Nwanosike, both of who provided enough explanations to the fears of Dakuku Peterside on the issue of how much Governor Wike operated within the confines of the budget.
“Permit me to say without fear of any contradiction, that Wike did nothing outside the realms of procedure and guideline. Recall that former governor, Dr. Peter Odili, had publicly admitted that Wike administration has performed more than previous administrations in the state, including his own.
” Interestingly, I am in a better position to assess the performance of any leader at any point in time. It will be unnecessary to catalogue all the achievements of Governor Nyesom Wike here because the information was given during the presentation of his score card at the Obi Wali International Conference Centre, in Port Harcourt recently.
“As one of those who fought opposition during the administration of Governor Peter Odili as commissioner for special duties, media and strategy, I am conversant with the responsibilities and of course, the limitations of the opposition. A veritable opposition should not be for the sake of it but should be honest and patriotic enough to separate facts from fantasy.
“It would be strange for any one of us who worked under Dr. Peter Odili to fault the administration of Governor Wike because, by so doing, we are by extrapolation querying the judgment of a leader who, during his own time, was adjudged the best in Nigeria, and was also known as the golden governor.
“The Chinese have told us in one of their proverbs that you don’t stay one place to watch a masquerade. In this connection therefore, the opinion credited to the APC chieftain can only suggest that he is watching from a distance, from one side and arriving at conclusions on a subject matter that is very much in the public dormain. We should watch the masquerade from all sides”, Chief Glory Emeh restated.
Responding to a question about Governor Wike’s succession plan, Glory Emeh said:
” I don’t think that should be a problem any more in the state because the governor has re – oriented Rivers people to believe in one another, and to accept themselves as people of one destiny.
“It goes without saying that by Wike’s effort in this regard, it may not matter where his successor comes from. All of us in the PDP who are close to the present administration have studied the Governor’s modus operandi, and can say that our people will be happier if Governor Wike, who, over the past six years have perfected the act of consensus and bridge building, is given an opportunity to identify who has the capacity, and his kind of zeal to run the affairs of the state”, he concluded.