“Mrs. Jonathan and I contributed to Wike becoming governor; now we receive insults.” – Secondus

May 13, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, disclosed on Saturday that he and Nigeria’s former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, played pivotal roles in the ascension of Nyesom Wike as the Governor of Rivers State.

Wike served as the governor of the oil-rich state from May 2015 to May 2023 before assuming office as the Federal Capital Territory minister under President Bola Tinubu’s administration.

Secondus attributed the ongoing political unrest in Rivers State to the FCT Minister’s pursuit of self-serving interests.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, Secondus accused the FCT Minister of instigating political challenges for Governor Siminalaye Fubura.

He alleged that the former governor brought despair, sorrow, and distress to the state and asserted that the Minister has failed to secure any federal development projects for Rivers.

Secondus asserted that Fubara’s fallout with his estranged mentor occurred when he decided to curb corruption within the state.

He elaborated that the current political turbulence in the state was engineered by individuals seeking unrestricted access to the state’s finances, a demand he claimed the governor refused to entertain.

Secondus stated, “Wike has held office as Governor for eight years and currently serves as Minister of the FCT.

“What federal projects has he, Wike, attracted to our beloved State since his assumption of office?

“Perhaps nothing but misery, sorrow, and distress. As governor, he oversaw the departure of investors from the state due to his authoritarian policies.

“He once asserted his capability to incite unrest, and he is proving himself correct by fueling an unprecedented crisis in Rivers State.

“Mrs. Patience Jonathan and I supported his rise to governorship; have we ever exerted undue influence over him? Instead, we face disrespect and insults.

“I call upon President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to urge the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, to cease exacerbating political tensions in Rivers State and allow Fubara to govern. Regardless of Wike’s self-perceived stature, it is essential to acknowledge that Rivers people elevated him to his current position.”

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