Former Governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has launched a retaliatory attack on his successor, Governor Nyesom Wike ahead of the December 10 rerun election in the State.
Amaechi on Saturday in Bile, Ogoni, at the campaign rally of his ally, Senator Magnus Abe, who is contesting the Rivers South-East Senatorial district, consistently referred to Governor Wike as a thug.
While charging All Progressives Congress, APC faithful in the state to come out en-mass and vote for candidates of the party in the December 10 election, Amaechi warned that no one should be intimidated by the threats of Wike.
He berated the Governor for resisting the planned arrest of judges in the State, adding that it was ‘ungubernatorial’ for a Governor to take such risks.
He also criticised Wike for allegedly empowering those he described as criminals, just as he singled out the appointment of Samuel Wonosike as the Local government Chairman of Ikwerre Local government area of the state.
Expressing confidence about the victory of Senator Abe, Amaechi enjoined supporters of the APC to mobilize themselves for victory in other Senatorial districts of the state.
Amaechi said, “Wike can never be God. He was a small boy under me.
“The battle is not in Ogoni at all. The battle is in the Ikwere axis, Kalabari and Ahoada axis, not here.
“He said he would deploy everything. Anything he wants to deploy, let him deploy, we will deploy our own.
“This is one place we don’t need to campaign. I won’t start to repeat the things we have done in Ogoni area, it’s not important. What is important is, I dare him to do the same things that I did here, including taking your children oversees. Instead of leaving them behind, he returned them to Nigeria. Poor innocent children.
“Don’t do like the Democrats who went to sleep, come out and vote. In the past elections, we took security for granted, but this time we will not take security for granted. If Wike likes, let him come out.
“At all the times he has come out, I said, does this man remember that he is a governor? It’s only a thug that can stand in front of the judge’s gate and be struggling with security men. Only a thug. A governor would go back to his house and call the president.
“When the DSS invaded the residential lodge of the Akwa-Ibom State government, the governor didn’t go to the gate.
“In all the fight I had with the federal government, with former President Jonathan, nobody saw me physically battling with the security.
“The only way to show him that he’s a thug is this election, because after this election, Wike will not come here again.
“How can you see a governor with murderers, giving them appointments everywhere? Ask the one in Ikwerre if he was arrested by the DSS for murder. Ask him. He was released by the pressure of government then. Now he’s back killing people everywhere.
“There will be a day that Wike will no longer be the governor, and he and his people will account for all the killing in Rivers State. That is why as a governor, I was careful with what I did in office, so that if you call me, I’d be able to answer.
“And I assure all of you, if anybody threatens you, please threaten back.”