Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has opened fire on the Buhari administration, saying the administration has been profusely searching for excuses to justify its glaring failure since 2015.
Abaribe who was speaking in Rivers State on Thursday where he went to inauguration a road project at Isiodu in Emohua Local Government Area of the state, notes that the people of the area cannot relent in believing in Governor Nyesom Wike who they know as a leader who delivers on his promises.According to him, while the Buhari All Progressives Congress (APC) administration finds excuses for its inability to execute projects that have been appropriated in the national budget, Governor Wike blazes a shining example of how to solve social, economic and infrastructural problems as he makes life better for Rivers people.Referring to Wike he said, ‘’I have seen that you are the real talk and do person. That you have been able, to bring eminent Nigerians to come and be commissioning projects that you started and completed, since December 2020, is something that is unprecedented in Nigeria.“It is the fact that it is not just having the money but it is the will to be able to deploy it for the benefit of the people that you have put in position, to redirect and change their life.“Let me also say that you are an ambassador, a role model and also a shining light of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria.“When they continue to look for excuses in Abuja, and we come here and see how you are doing your own thing without looking for excuses, we know that somebody like you cannot be left alone in Nigeria. We must all continue to support you.”
Governor Wike however, said politicians can no longer be tolerated if their strength is only to make promises without the capacity and will to fulfill them.
He said there must be accountability among politicians and anybody who seeks elective public office should not only nurse such ambition without having requisite competence to deliver on projects and services that solve problems of the people.
According to Governor Wike, “If you want to be a councillor, council chairman, a senator, a governor or president, you know there are problems in Nigeria that you want to solve. You shouldn’t come after securing the position to say, I’m sorry I couldn’t do that thing I promised because of the problems we are having.“Your business is to solve problems. It is not to give excuses why that problem cannot be solved. Politics is no longer rhetoric’s. It is no longer making promises, and after voting, you abandon the people.“Now, politicians should be held accountable for every promise they make. In that way, everybody will know that when your are bringing people for elective position, they must be people who will say something and fulfill it. This is not the period of excuses.”Continuing, Wike said no local government in Rivers has been deprived of developmental project, pointing out that projects are being delivered to them as a fulfillment of election promises because the people need to feel the impact of the PDP administration under his watch.The governor said such a commitment to the good of the people is what has marked PDP out as different from the other party that has failed Nigerians, and continues to ride on excuses of its inability to solve problems that it promised to solve.‘’Political leaders in Emohua who supported my administration all have evidence of their support because they attracted projects back home unlike those on the other divide. When I came to Emohua on Monday, I did say, that you have one of your sons who I thought was very close to government but yet could not bring one dividend of democracy to the community.
‘’But I have come to say, since you cannot bring, I will give. That is why we are now scooping the Mgbuitanwo Road to do it for them. If a man says he is close to government, his people expects him to bring something in return.
‘’Look at Chief Sergent Awuse and others who believe in this government. Paul Wonodi says he believes in this government. They have brought projects back home from the government that they believe in. Let me make you another promise, we must link you to Ogbodo community in Ikwerre Local Government Area.“I did say that our administration will impact every local government area in Rivers. There is no local government in this state that we will not go and commission one or two projects. For us, this is what our party stands for. Our party is the hope for Nigerians. If the other party has anything to offer let them come out and offer it’’, Wike said.