The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has attacked a former Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, for allegedly trying to de-market the state.
Wike spoke at a second term inauguration banquet at the Government House Port Harcourt.
He said contrary to the false propaganda about insecurity, Rivers State has continued to grow her internally generated revenue since 2015.
In attendance at the dinner were the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; Senator Dino Melaye; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogun.
Others are, Chairman of Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and Amayanabo of Opobo, King Douglas Dandeson Jaja; Founder of AIT, Dr Raymond Dokpesi, among others.
Wike said, “Amaechi claimed on NTA Tuesday live that he did not bring the railway to Rivers State because of insecurity, what about Kaduna and Daura with very high level of insecurity, yet they took railway there.
“Just this week, the President met with the governors of 19 northern states and they discussed how to stem the tide of insecurity in the region. Yet they were not denied projects.
“For how long will Amaechi continue to de-market Rivers State. Was it insecurity that made him not to give the President 25 per cent during the last elections?
“You claim Rivers State is insecure, but you came to the state to hold your birthday. Every Rivers indigene owes it a duty to protect the state.
“When I came on board as Governor in 2015, we met an Internally Generated Revenue of N4.5billion. But now, it has grown to N8-9billion. If the state is not safe, our Internally Generated Revenue will not be on the increase.
“Let nobody de-market Rivers State. This ugly politics will not work. We have not benefited anything from the APC Federal Government since 2015.
“They are refunding money for Federal projects, but they delisted Rivers State. But I will not bow to anyone, I will only continue to respect constituted authority.”
Governor Wike further announced that competence and loyalty would drive the setting up of his second term cabinet. He said only persons with 100 per cent loyalty will make the list.