The governor of Rivers State, Ezebunwo Wike has come hitting hard on the Federal Government and the governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma.
In a press conference, Gov. Wike criticized the Federal Government for disobeying the lockdown order in the state by granting permission to expatriates to land in the state’s airport.
Wike had earlier ordered the arrest of 22 ExxonMobil workers that arrived in the State’s Airport.
He also mocked the governor of Imo state who took photograph with some donors that supported the state with twenty-eight million naira. “We are not those State where a Governor receives 28million naira and snap pictures with it. In Rivers State, we don’t collect Widow’s Mite. You make money here, it is our entitlement.” Wike said during the press conference.
Excerpts from Wike’s statement below :
I have come and will go one day but while I remain, I will ensure the lives of the People of Rivers State is Protected. I am a “Boy” to the people of Rivers State and not anyone outside the State.
You can fly, I can not stop you from doing so but when you land, do not enter my territory. The roads were constructed by Rivers State Government.
You don’t talk law on Pages of Newspaper, you talk law in the Court and we’re prepared. A Certain minister sat somewhere issuing order to me, let him come and release the people in our custody that violated the law.
I am not one of those Governors who fly to Abuja every now and then to look for favours. COVID-19 has come, let everyone stay in his state and spend money.
Any Company operating in Rivers State that does not assist the State in the fight against COVID-19 will hear from Rivers State. I don’t go to them to beg for anything, I have not collected anything from them and so, I can stand firm and make a decision.
We are not those State where a Governor receives 28million naira and snap pictures with it. In Rivers State, we don’t collect Widow’s Mite. You make money here, it is our entitlement.
Look for the COVID-19 task force account and make your donations there. There are poor people who still have Pride and Integrity.
I won you in 2015, I won in 2019, how many times do you want me to win you?The only opposition party in Rivers State is SDP who won a seat in the House of Assembly. How can someone from a party who cannot produce a single Candidate just within the party to stand for an election come out to talk about how to run a State? Go and put your house in order.
All those politicians politicising Covid-19 saying that they were tested positive and now negative, they should also make public their HIV status.
Stalls have been converted to markets; we would go after them. For the markets defying us, we would close down the market forever.
If you don’t like me, should I kill myself?
That will even make me to like myself the more.Most of you don’t like us (to press men), you eat our food but we know the interest you represent. Write your reports well, if you don’t write well, Corona Virus will catch you.