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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has threatened to teach Godswill Akpabio, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs a lesson for criticizing governors in the South- South region.

The threat was made by the Rivers state governor on Friday, March 12, when he inaugurated an office complex constructed by his administration for the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Port Harcourt.

Wike argued that the minister had no right to challenge what the governors were doing with the state 13 percent oil derivation.


According to the govern ” It is unfortunate that I read what Senator Godswill Akpabio, the former governor of Awka Ibom State, said. I’ ll advice him to speak less, because he was behaving like a king when he was governor.


” Enough money was available at the time. The rate of exchange was N150 per dollar. Today, a dollar is worth N500.

” Akpabio had more capitals, but he dared to inquire about the 13 per cent derivation with South- South governors. ” Akpabio should stop talking to Rivers State at all costs.

 ” He doesn’ t have that kind of power. He is ineligible to talk anyhow to Rivers State. “

Governor Wike reportedly urged Akpabio to stop sponsoring south- south governors propaganda, according to The reports disclosed by Punch news.


Meanwhile, Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, gave Governor Nyesom Wike an earful on Thursday, March 11.In response to Wike’ s earlier remark, Amaechi said it was not in his character to join issues with the governor, because Wike was a member of his staff when he was in office, according to Punch News.
The minister said:


” I can’ t bring myself low, he was my staff. ” I’ ve served as a governor, a speaker, and a minister. I served as the governors’ forum’ s chairman for two terms. The same when I was a speaker. Why should I be discussing with him? “


Wike allegedly sold a state asset and kept a portion of the proceeds for himself after lying about the amount of money he received from the sale, according to the minister.


His words:
” You sold all of our assets. People in this state are talking about the government, which claims to be combating corruption and protecting citizens. You sold our house for $308 million and kept $208, 000 for us. “
The minister, on the other hand, made it clear that he has moved on from his disagreements with the governor and his anger over his remarks.


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By BOMOLAGHON EREKU

He is Chief Bomolaghon Omagbemi Ereku, a veteran journalist and founder of the newspaper. He graduated B.SC, Mass Communication (second class upper) from the University of Lagos in 1979. He started his journalism practice right in the University of Lagos as editor of the training newspaper, The Unilag Sun in 1979 and after his national service as Information Officer of the Niger State NYSC Secretariat, he joined the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as a reporter in 1980 and left as Senior Correspondent in 1986 for the World Health Organization as Health Information Officer in the Lagos Office and retired in 1996.

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