– Akpabio rates Wike over Buhari;
– He said Wike has done more work than Buhari in 2 years;
– He also called on Wike not to be distracted by any political blackmail
A former governor of Akwa Ibom State and current Minority Leader of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has argued that Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has achieved more in project execution in the last two years than the APC and Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
Akpabio made this assertion while addressing newsmen in Port Harcourt after accompanying Wike on inspection of projects on Monday. He said “the governor’s outstanding performance was as a result of his love for Rivers people, adding that the performance was not essentially because of the availability of resources, but because the governor made right application of Rivers scarce resources to the development of state”.
“Governor Wike has done more work and projects in the last two years than the Federal Government. That is my considered opinion. Performance is not necessarily an issue of the availability of resources. If your state gets N5bn, do projects of that amount.
“If you get N1bn, do projects commensurate with that figure. For Governor Wike, he has judiciously applied the scarce resources available to the state to develop needed infrastructure.
“The resources available to Rivers State are nothing compared to that of the Federal Government. Rivers State Government gets far less than a quarter than one per cent of what accrues to the Federal Government, but we can see the tremendous quality of transformation taking place in the state.
“It is not so much money that makes performance. It is love for your people. When you are elected, if you love your people, you will perform, no matter the little money that you have.
“What I am seeing here in Rivers State is not like a recession economy because the governor of Rivers State loves his people. The kind of projects that Governor Wike is doing in Rivers State will attract the world to the state. Today, there is a song that the handwork of Wike is beautiful,” Akpabio said.
He then called on the governor not to be “distracted by any unnecessary blackmail against your person by political detractors. I want to urge all governors who have the opportunity to lead their states to visit Rivers State.”