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Dakuku’s True Confession  on Wike’s performance in Rivers State

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By Simeon Nwakaudu

My most important  take away from the appearance of the defeated 2015 Rivers APC Governorship Candidate , Mr Dakuku Peterside on Rhythm FM on Saturday  in Port Harcourt  was his grudging  confession that Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  has made tremendous  impact  on road construction  and rehabilitation  across Rivers State .

Hon. Dakuku Peterside
Hon. Dakuku Peterside

Though, Mr Peterside  was not so gracious in his confession; he told Rivers people that he is aware that Governor Wike has in his words : “patched roads” across Rivers State .

This confession came after he had exhibited his notorious  uncharitable verbal disrespect on the office of the Governor of Rivers State .  It took the insistence of a caller during the phone-in programme to elicit this confession from the defeated 2015 Rivers State APC Governorship Candidate .

This particular  caller had insisted that  for residents of Rivers State, it was shocking that Dakuku Peterside  had failed to notice the important  works of Governor Wike.  This caller now asked Mr Peterside to personally  enumerate  the achievements  of  Governor Wike  that appealed to him.

Despite  the grudging manner that Dakuku Peterside  made this true confession  on the achievements  of  Governor Wike  in the road sector, I want  to  commend him for his courage to admit that Governor Wike  is transforming the lives of the people.

My commendation stems from the fact that he had to publicly confess before the Rivers  population his secret admiration  of Governor Wike’s unequalled development of infrastructure  in the state. We must disregard the manner he delivered  his message and embrace the message.

It is imperative  to point out that the road construction , reconstruction  and rehabilitation  programme of Governor Wike is his unique  selling point. It is the outstanding  performance  indicator that has made Governor Wike  the best governor in the country and a reference point of  development  enthusiasts .

Road construction , rehabilitation and reconstruction  formed the platform  upon which Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  revived the damaged  economy of Rivers State , after Dakuku Peterside’s political godfather, Rotimi Amaechi squandered N3trillion that accrued to Rivers State between  2007 and May 29, 2015.

The failed immediate past Amaechi administration left all urban roads in a state of disrepair .  Even the few roads he initiated were abandoned .  Therefore, the urban centres of Port Harcourt , Obio/ Akpor and  parts of Ikwerre Local Government Areas  degenerated to slums, with roads that were  not motorable.

On May 29, 2015, his very first day in office, Governor Wike  launched  the Operation Zero Potholes  Programme. This programme which is being handled  by  Julius Berger and CCECC is  to construct , reconstruct and rehabilitate     roads in Diobu, Borikiri, Ogbum-na-Abali, town, old and New GRA and other key suburbs in Port Harcourt and Obio / Akpor Local Government Areas .

The urban renewal  programme  of  the  Wike Administration  has led to the construction of roads and bridges across  Port Harcourt  and its environs . Within the last 18months, Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo  Wike  has constructed, reconstructed and rehabilitated  over 150 kilometres  of roads.

For the first time  in decades, the State Urban Centres  now have traffic and street lights.

Dakuku Peterside is not the only person who has commended Governor Wike  for his superlative  road construction  and urban renewal.

A short roll call of some of the notable Nigerians  who have appreciated  Governor Wike  for his  excellent  performance in the road sector would suffice. They include: Former Senate President David Mark, Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum ,Abdulaziz Yari , Deputy Senate President , Ike Ekweremadu , NBA President , Abubakar Mahmoud, Former NBA President Augustine Alegeh, PDP National Caretaker Committee Chairman , Senator Ahmed Makarfi , Former Jigawa State Governor , Dr Sule Lamido and Senate Minority Leader and Former Former Akwa Ibom State Governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio .

It is noteworthy  that the Nigerian Guild of Editors and other key professional associations who have  held National Conventions in Port Harcourt  have  lauded Governor Wike  for his superlative road construction achievements in the past.

Just on Friday , November 25, 2016, a day before Dakuku’s radio Confession , Participants of the Senior Course     39 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji  lauded  Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike  for massive infrastructural development , despite the economic crisis  facing  the nation.

Mr Peterside, permit me to inform you that
in appreciation of the superlative performance of Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike , the Independent Newspapers Limited   nominated  the governor as the “Man of the Year 2016”.

In a letter conveying the nomination  of Governor Wike as the “2016 Man of the Year”, Managing Director of Independent Newspapers Limited, publishers of Daily Independent , Mr Ted Iwere wrote: “in nominating you, the selection  committee considered the pragmatism , commitment and courage exhibited by you since your assumption  of  office. Worthy of note is the restoration of the activities of both the state legislature and judiciary .

“In addition , your government has been small and medium enterprise (SME ) friendly, empowering no  fewer than 35000 small business  owners. The massive  construction and rehabilitation of roads, including  the Operation Zero Potholes intensified by your government , continue to improve  the movement of people , goods and services on the state’s  network of roads”.

The Independent Newspapers Limited also pointed out that it recognised  the improvement of internally generated revenue under the leadership of Governor Wike .

They wrote: “It is for the foregoing  reasons that we have bestowed on you the richly deserved award of Independent Newspapers Limited Man of the Year Award 2016. The award ceremony for this historic event is scheduled for January 21, 2016”.

In a related development , the Sun Board of Editors has voted Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Ezenwo Wike as winner of the 2016 Governor of the Year.

In a statement  by its Managing Director/Editor -in-Chief ,Eric Osagie  the Sun Newspapers said that Governor Wike was unanimously selected for his infrastructural revolution  since assuming office.

Since Dakuku Peterside left the state after suffering a crushing defeat on April 11, I 2015, a lot has happened  to transform   the  fortune of a disillusioned  state his political  godfather left behind .  Of course, the few APC  left behind in Port Harcourt  to print fake INEC result sheets  will not give the defeated APC governorship Candidate the right information .

Let me oblige him. Governor Wike  is the best performing  governor in Nigeria  today. If Dakuku  is in doubt, let him mention another Governor with pictorial  evidence that can rival  Governor Wike  in today’s Nigeria .

In the health sector , Governor Wike  is reconstrcting 13 General Hospitals left to rot by Amaechi. He has established a College of Medical Sciences at the RSUST and has reconstructed  the Orthopaedic Section of the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital .  In the education  sector , 11 prominent secondary schools  spread across the three senatorial  districts are being rehabilitated  and reconstructed. To improve security , Governor Wike  has taken profound measures to ensure sustainable peace in the state .  His Amnesty Programme which has  been  successful is novel in its implementation .  The governor  and Local Government Areas  have donated over 150 vans  to security  agencies .  The only state government  that has done this in the country .

Governor Wike  despite his performance , Governor Wike  is not resting  on  his achievements .

Om Wednesday, 23rd November, 2016 the governor flagged-off the  construction of Olakwor-Afara-Nihi Road, the rehabilitation of Okrika Internal Road in Okochiri, Okrika was flagged on  Thursday 24th November, while the reconstruction of the Igbo-Etche Road, was flagged off on Friday 25th November, 2016.

Other roads to be flagged-off include Chokocho-Umuechem-Ozuzu Road, on Friday, 2nd December, and the flag-off of the completion of the abandoned Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road, on Tuesday, 6th December, 2016. The governor  will also flag-off  the Elimgbu-Atali Road, on Friday 9th December, 2016.

Development  has taken  centre stage. All parts of the state are being  carried along.

The people of Rivers State  rejected Dakuku Peterside  because  of  his penchant  for lies. I will remind Dakuku Peterside of the level of rejection he suffered on April 11, 2015 ; Governor Wike  polled  1,029,102 votes while Mr Peterside polled 124,896 votes. He is  supposed to be engaged  in deep reflection so as to change  from his ways.

Rivers State  is in safe hands  under the leadership  of Governor Wike .  He is creating  a New Rivers State .  The humbling experience on Rhythm FM  must have  sent a clear message  to  Dakuku Peterside and his godfather .  Rivers State has moved  on. There is no need for the deep bitterness .  Rivers is PDP , Rivers is NEW.

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