Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has berated the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, saying he doesn’t get to chose who runs for governor of the state.
Amaechi, a former governor of Rivers State, had said that there is no war between him and Wike, explaining that the issue between both of them was due to Wike’s decision to run for a second term.
The Minister made this known while appearing on Channels TV programme, Sunrise Daily.
Reacting while speaking to newsmen on Tuesday, Wike said: “We want everybody to come back and work together for Rivers state to move forward.
“But it is unfortunate that if the former governor of the state made the statement, he is not in my party. It is my party that gave me a ticket to go for a second term which I deserve, having done well in my first tenure.”
The governor recalled an earlier statement allegedly attributed to Rotimi Amaechi in 2015.
“If I did not do well in my first tenure, my party, PDP, will not allow me to fly the flag of the party. Remember that in 2015, the same man vowed that over his dead body will I be governor of Rivers state, it’s on tape, and everybody knows that.
“It is not in his place to say that I should not go for a second tenure; it is for the people of Rivers state, it doesn’t matter what his opinion is because he is not the owner of Rivers state, he is not the people of the state, he is one person in the state.
“We have a population of not less than six million people and not less than 3.5 million registered voters. And therefore, it will be irreconcilable for one man to say his anger is because I want to go for a second tenure. It is the people of the state that will decide,” he added.